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|
|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)|
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.
|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|
|8 January||Mrs Soundy to hospital|
|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|
|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|
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.