To Seagrave by train @ 9:45. Called to see Maud & May & went on to Seagrave with Maud by bike. Back to Leicester by 1:44 (left 1.22). In evening to Palace Theatre with Daisy, Mrs. Cook & Mrs. —.
Flying visit to Seagrave then to Aunt Louise Draycot @ Leicester.
Up @ 7:30 to have breakfast. To Knights at 10 am. Leave Seagrave at 12:30 noon for Rothley with Kathleen. Call on Marsdens, Inglesants & Looms. Arr. Rothley 5 PM, took train for Derby @ Sileby 5:52, arr. Derby 6:30 (change at Trent) met by Nelson MacKay. In evening to Pollard with MacKay family. Most enjoyable time.
Parade at 7:30. Physical drill. Parade at 9:30 route march. 2 pm lecture. Received parcel from Seagrave and very acceptable.
Appeared before eye specialist and pronounced unfit for service left eye no use and right eye defective.
Wrote letters to Nurse Smith, Harry, Ernest and “Seagrave”.
Took the girls (cousins) out for a walk in morning to Victoria Park. Had dinner at Aunts and then went to see John, Mrs. and Almina Draycot of Devana Road. Stayed to tea and left for Seagrave at 7 pm.
Arrived Seagrave at 9 pm after calling at Sharp’s Looms and Inglesants.
Said various goodbyes.
Left bike at Walkins and camera at Joe Draycots.
Left Seagrave for Stafford on bicycle at 10 am and arrived at Stafford at 3:45 pm. 55 miles journey and very hilly.
To Dr Millars at 6 pm and had chat with Nurse Smith. At 8:30 pm to Mrs. Smith’s house and stayed til 3 am. Chatting all the time.
(Doctor Millar recommends me for one months’ leave).
Left Seagrave at 9:30 am for Ragdale. Went thro’ Old Hall there once owned by Lord Ferrers. Went thro the Church which is attached to Seagrave Living. To Melton Mowbray and had a tea there then on to Thorpe Arnold and looked thro’ Registers. On to Frisby and looked thro’ Registers with Vicar’s wife, Mrs Wright. Also the Registers of Kirby Bellars. Onto Syston and called at Preston and Parson. Came to Seagrave with Maud and May who had been to Syston.
To Sileby and Rothly. Called on Draycots there and left photo. Called at Cassington and took photos of effigy and Kitcheners tomb. Entertained by the Vicar. Took photos of Rectory Garden. Back to Seagrave at 1 pm.
To afternoon tea at the Knight family. Took photos.
Left Seagrave at 9:30am. Went to Sileby, Cassington, Leicester to see Aunt Louise. Left Leicester at 12 noon for Thurnby Court. Went thro’ the grounds and the large mansion which was built by Stonewall Jackson’s brother but is now unoccupied. Left here for Lowesby and Tilton. Saw Parson and wife. Inspected interior Church Lowesby. Arrived at Seagrave at 5:30 pm. Passed thro’ Barsby, Saldesby, South Croyton, Rearsby and Thrussington.
*Thomas Jonathan “Stonewall” Jackson was a confederate general in the American Civil war, famed for his tactical skills in many of the battles he commanded during the Civil War. The nickname Stonewall was given to Jackson at the First Battle of Bull Run where another General described him as “standing like a stone wall” during the battle.