Read today's entry from Harry Gissing's 1914-18 war diaries

January 9, 1918

Decided to have a quiet evening so arranged a day for that purpose. Saw Ramsay off first and then walked to Ludgate Circus in order to buy some books having lunch on my way in Fleet Street, a good meal with a bottle of wine and coffee to finish up. Then met D. W. A. and wen talong to Burlington House to see the Imperial War Exhibition. It had just been opened and was first rate, being a collection of trophies, guns, planes, helmets, notices, etc., and a large number of photos. An Australian section was very interesting, the photos being familiar. One huge photo showed the Australian Band (18 x 10) marching in Bapaume.

There was also a section showing the work of munitions. We then had tea at the popular, Piccadilly Circus, proceeding next to the Leister Galleries where there was an exhibition of drawings by Will Dyson. Several I recognised, especially one of the Gas Centre I controlled on the Menin Road. It was a splendid drawing, absolutely true to life and brought the scene back vividly to my memory. Went out to Notting Hil lGate for dinner, after which I listened to good music and had a nice quiet homely evening.


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