A funereal and miserable day with Ray’s departure hanging over our heads. Father, Ray, Aunt Mary and myself went to Early Service this morning. Ray went at 5.30 for three years or more [his regiment was leaving for India]. when he comes back on leave I shall (Deo volente) be a 2nd year man at Cambridge. However it is not good to speculate on possibilities and as I don’t feel much in a mood for writing tonight I shall write no more.