Brittain, Vera, Diary, 5 July 1916-31 August 1916

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Diary of Vera Brittain

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Case Study: 
From Youth to Experience: Vera Brittain’s Work for Peace in Two World Wars
Creator: 
Brittain, Vera
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diary
Date: 
5 July 1916-31 August 1916
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McMaster University Libraries
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Vera Brittain estate; McMaster University has a non-exclusive licence to publish this document.

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at a time of great difficulty & attempting to go on after he was wounded. He was actually presented with the Cross in November at Buckingham Palace, after I had gone to Malta. He was one of the few to whom the King spoke; HM asked him if he had recovered from his wounds & Edward said "Very nearly, thank you, Sire." He got another month's leave when the three were up, & then a month's home service.
Such is the story of my brother's part in the Great Battle of the Somme. His officers congratulated him with enthusiasm & Uppingham -- once sceptical with regard to him -- received him with joy.
Strange are the happenings of this War. No one -- Edward himself least of all -- expected any decoration to come his way. He was a music-lover, & delighted in peace. And Roland, in whom so much that was military was inherent, who gloried in heroic deeds, who was definitely after "the Military Cross" & of whom all who knew him in the Army prophesized marvellous things, went down into his grave adorned with no Cross other than the Cross of his suffering.
End of August
Geoffrey went back to the front. Edward and I said goodbye to him at Liverpool St. Station the day before he went. For me just now life seems one long holding of farewells. he gave me some lovely crimson & white carnations when he left.