Thursday 25th March 1915

No 2 T. Base Camp. Rain and cold. Drawing equipment in morning. Cookhouse fatigue in afternoon. To Y.M.C.A. in evening, Miss Lena Ashwell’s Concert Party .

Following the outbreak of First World War, Lena Ashwell began to organise companies of professional actors to entertain the allied soldiers in France. These concert-parties were mostly female, relying on temporarily ‘recruiting’ soldiers of officers to play the male roles in short excerpts from popular plays.