Page 429. " The ceremony was held at All Saints Church in Marlow, which sat on the riverbank alongside its cemetery "

This is the church, where the author’s grandparents-in-law are also buried.

All Saints Church, Marlow
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeAll Saints Church, Marlow - Credit: big-ashb

Page 431. " boarded a train for the Lake District. "
Lake Windermere
Creative Commons AttributionLake Windermere - Credit: Matdumont

And honeymooned on Lake Windermere.

Page 432. " they were shocked to find that London had been bombed by German Zeppelins and seven people had been killed on the previous Monday "

Zeppelin bombing raids during the four years of the war killed 557 people, injured 1358, and caused £3 million damage. During the last two years of the war, the new German Gotha bombers killed an additional 836 people, injured 2,000, and caused a further £1.5 million damage.  This first “Battle of Britain” served to terrorize the population, disrupt factory production, and draw pilots and resources away from the front lines for Home Defence.

Watch a least a few minutes of this vintage film about the Zeppelin raids to get a better understanding.


Page 433. " In Ypres, for instance, I saw remnants of what must have been a magnificent medieval building, the Cloth Hall, and a cathedral beside it. "

Ruins of  the Cloth Hall and Cathedral, Ypres- Credit: Library and Archives Canada
Public DomainRuins of the Cloth Hall and Cathedral, Ypres- Credit: Library and Archives Canada
Ypres today
Permission Granted by Copyright Owner for Use on Book DrumYpres today - Credit: Mindshadows
This is what he was referring to. These buildings have been completely - and amazingly - restored, as you can see.

Page 434. " a first edition of Rupert Brooke’s newly published poems, 1914. "
Rupert Brooke
Public DomainRupert Brooke

"The handsome, energetic young poet had died in April from the complications of an infected mosquito bite on his way to fight at Gallipoli. Ironically, one of the poems in his collection began, If I should die, think only this of me: That there’s some corner of a foreign field That is forever England. He was buried on the Aegean island of Skyros.” - quote from the novel



Page 435. " it was an odd juxtaposition to see the mammoth prehistoric stones rising out of the plain, while aeroplanes careened overhead. "
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeStonehenge - Credit: Frédéric Vincent

“They marvelled at the construction of the megalithic monument, but could be equally amazed at the idea that men could build machines that carried them up into the clouds.” - quote from the novel


Page 435. " They stayed in Salisbury for a couple of nights, taking in the awe-inspiring cathedral. "

"Almost eight hundred years old, it was another marvellous feat of human ingenuity and craftsmanship." - quote from the novel

Salisbury Cathedral - artist, John Constable
Public DomainSalisbury Cathedral - artist, John Constable


Page 436. " Keep the Home Fires Burning "

Hear a sassy ragtime version on Bill Edward’s site. (You have to listen to the end for the rag.)

Page 437. " The Duchess of Connaught’s Hospital at Cliveden "
Duchess of Connaught's Red Cross Hospital -Credit: - Sgt. J.R. Howe
Public DomainDuchess of Connaught's Red Cross Hospital -Credit: - Sgt. J.R. Howe

Waldorf and Nancy Astor gave their tennis pavilion and bowling alley at their fabulous Cliveden estate to the Canadians as hospital facilities. You can see from this photo how those grew. American-born Nancy was popular with the patients, whom she regularly visited.

Page 448. " Some blasted woman gave me a white feather in the street a few weeks ago in Toronto. "
White feather
Public DomainWhite feather

The white feather was a symbol of cowardice. During WW1 the Order of the White Feather, begun in England, tried to shame men into enlisting by handing them white feathers. This became a problem for men unable to enlist for health reasons, or those serving the war effort in various capacities on the Home Front.

Page 450. " Ria had bobbed her hair to chin length "

Clara Bow - photographed by Nicholas Murray
Public DomainClara Bow - photographed by Nicholas Murray
Cutting one’s hair short was still very radical in 1915, and considered by many, especially the older generation, to be “fast”, i.e. not respectable. Young women soon began to cut their hair as a declaration of independence.  1920s silent film star, Clara Bow, has the kind of bob that Ria might have had.