26 Dec 1941, W J Carrie's wartime diary
12 noon now - I haven't tried to write - one's feelings are so upset. I was rung up at 4.30 this morning by [?Winnith] - that the General hoped I'd get busy clearing the dead and sweeping up the streets - I nearly replied B------ the General - but I just said Oh Yes. But I can't go out myself - they'd commandeer my car I am sure and I can't send the lorries out until safe conduct passes or something are fixed up. I could get no one on the phone in the C.S.O. and at last got D.M.S. He went himself to the Japanese H.Q. and has fixed up something. We must carry on of course or there will be a horrible epidemic - so we are all to work under the Red Cross now and I am to get passes for my lorries etc. Tiffin coming on now so I'll stop. B.
I got all my passes and so I went into town this afternoon - I was stopped several times but they soon passed me on We have had a visit too from a posse - they told me they think this place will be suitable for a hospital so we may have to turn out soon. I have all sorts of schemes in my head to salvage our belongings - I may try some day. Well Darling I can't write much these days - forgive me.
I think of you all the time and wish I knew how and when you heard the news and what you felt. But don't worry about me - we'll be all right. So Cheerio Darling. B.