20 December 1918; Friday

Up at 6.15 and on parade. Received parcel of shortbread from New Zealand1. Off at night and had walk with Harvey.

  1. ALL’s uncles, Charles Poulter Linfoot and his brother William Gaylard Linfoot, and their families, emigrated to New Zealand on 25 July 1912. The diaries record occasional correspondence with family in New Zealand, most frequently with Hilda Tate Linfoot, Daughter of Charles Poulter Linfoot and therefore ALL’s first cousin. Perhaps it was she who had sent the shortbread? 

16 December 1918; Monday

Up at 6 o’clock. On duty as usual. My turn on in the afternoon.

Received letter from Charlie telling me that he has had Malaria M. T.1 and is recovering. His letter is very wild and he has evidently been very ill and is still in a weak and nervous condition. Wrote to Ernie and home at once.

  1. “Malaria M. T.” presumably means Malignant Tertian Malaria caused by Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest species of Plasmodium, the cause of malaria in humans.