Friday 29th November 1918 Lady Monkswell: In dog cart to Mrs Pinney’s, she most cheerful: walked back. German Admiral asks to fly his dishonoured flag. Not so, says Admiral Beatty. Letter from Cosmo Gordon from Russian Hospital in S. Audley Street where I had written to him, dear fellow.
Cosmo Gordon was the husband of Lady Mary’s niece Frances Graham - an academic specialising in ancient manuscripts. He joined London Scottish in 1914 and was commissioned in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders and Grenadier Guards. Awarded Military Cross in 1918, and wounded just before war ended. He farmed in Dorset for 10 years. In WW2, working for the Board of Trade, he was responsible for retail distribution throughout Scotland of all goods except food.