Capt. Arthur David LINKLATER

Centred in the sphere of common duties

A final canter before The Willows, Windsor. Again, these are extracts only.


[further] Adventures of W.P. and Link 1924
1927  
5 February Doris married 1
May Dudley to Canada
October Dhunjibhoy offered a free house and £200 a year in Harrogate plus £1000 at death. Offer not accepted 2
19 November Ian born 3
undated During spring and summer frequently at Harrogate. (Pineheath alterations)


Luxtun Hotel He fails to mention one of the few snippets of actual news that he did mention to "dear old Auntie May" in a letter dated 10 July 1927 written from 32 Belsize Square - Tel: Primrose Hill 4377.

The prospective appointment in the East has fallen through on account of my terms being higher than the Marajah of Baroda wished to give. It was in connection with a new coast port on the Khatawar coast which he wished to make, and I was to have been the only white man in the place, which is not so very bad so long as you are being well paid for the honour of being the only flower in the jungle.


1928  
undated From end of September owing to Tocque being ill visited the Willows once a week on Saturdays till 4
Christmas At Luxtun. Sun shining, windows open, temp 59. Dinner. Niengan, David, Vitali, Howe, Mrs Soundy, W.P. Dicko, and self. 5
1929  
8 January Mrs Soundy to hospital
10 January Operation
30 January Discharged from hospital
1 February Tocque buried 6
February Dhunjibhoy offered Willows Cottage £300 a year and £2000 at his death. Offer not accepted.
25 March Mrs Soundy to hospital
27 March operation
April Appointed General Manager The Willows at £400 per year 7
11 April Joined appointment with W.P. at Windsor
1 June Nelson to Maidenhead College School aged 10 years 10 months
19 June Received £200 from D. 8
7 November Received £200 from D. due Dec 1st

* denotes nothing known - or your guess is as good as mine!
  1. Dum's step-daughter. This, her first husband, was Eric Cuthbert
  2. Dhunjibhoy owned a large property in Harrogate called Pineheath
  3. Doris' first of 3 sons; David and Andrew being the other two.
  4. The Willows was Dhunjibhoy's house near Windsor. No idea who Tocque was. The entry ends as above.
  5. Don't know who those other people are. I assume that "Dicko" was Nelson, although Dum normally referred to him as Nelson till after about 1939. His later letters are all addressed to Dicko - and later, Dicko and Peggo!
  6. Not Mrs Soundy!
  7. This included free accommodation at the Willows Cottage, where they lived for the next eight years. The £2000 at death also stood, as that was what Dum received in due course.
  8. D. is always Dhunjibhoy, never Dick. Dick remained Nelson till Nelson became Dick in about 1939 when Dum referred to him by that name for the first time apart from the diary entry for Christmas 1928- see note 5. Nelson had changed his name to Dick as an actor, around 1936.

dhunjibhoy.jpg An idea of THE WILLOWS can be gained from photographs taken on the occasion some time between 1919 and 1928 when Dhunjibhoy presented a cheque for £5000 to H.R.H.Princess Alice for the War Widows Fund. Douglas Haig, who was present and named as Earl Haig was created earl in 1919 and died in 1928. Dhunjibhoy had hopes this donation might buy him a peerage; it didn't, but he was knighted in 1922. All the images are from one, possibly incomplete album. Each has an inscription in Franiy Dhunjibhoy Bomanji's handwriting. Dhunjibhoy is identifiable by his heavy, black moustache as well as being identified in the inscriptions. See mugshot at right. The 5th and 12th images have all the main dramatis personae identified. Apart from Dhunjibhoy and his wife, those present were; Earl and Countess Haig, H.R.H. Princess Alice and the Earl of Athlone, General and Mrs Cartaret Carey, Lady Campbell, Lady Mary Crichton, Col. Harford and Capt. Donald Simson.

Three further images are included in the slideshow that are not part of the above album. They show The Willows during flooding in 1933. I think these were taken by my father when he was a school boy of about 15 but they appear to have been professionally printed. Perhaps he sold them to the local paper and they gave him prints?The Willows had extensive grounds ornamented with larger-than-life, stone statues of females in varying states of dishabille, a couple of which are visible in his images. Dum was at pains to employ seamen whenever possible - perhaps disabled or too old to make the grade at sea. My father recalled these old salts dedication to duty, assiduously scrubbing the deities' protuberances to preserve their stony purity.


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