July 14, 1917
On Thursday this Division was visited by the King. The sports of last week were repeated for his benefit, and were splendidly managed, he remaining three-quarters of an hour, during which time he strolled, round the ground and showed himself to everyone. Special instructions were given to the men to cheer him well, but ‘twas a feeble lot of cheering except when he was going away.
He appeared to be much as when I saw him in 1914. I believe the Queen is over with him, but as the papers have not yet announced his visit here, I do not know for certain. I do know, however, she came as far as Boulogne. Prospects of an early move now as we have commenced to strike our tents, the north being our probable destination.
Have just finished the last of four books I had sent me some time ago. “The Heart of Midlothian”, “Confessions of an English Opium Eater”, “Origin of Species,” and “Diary of Samuel Pepys”, and have thoroughly enjoyed the four, and have gained much from the reading.
NOTE: The next diary entry is July 23