Extract from the war diary of Lt Charles Brockbank, 1st Bn, 22nd (Cheshire) Regiment
Thursday. I was in charge of the 20 men for moving the King’s baggage so got a good view. The boat was escorted by 3 airships & various destroyers, and was manned by naval men. The King was standing on the deck with another officer & when the gangway was put up, Sir John French with another officer went up, bowed, shook hands & saluted. When they had finished the King came off the boat & was introduced to various prominent soldiers of England. We got a fine view as no one could get in front of us. The King’s valet groused at the little motor for the luggage so I commandeered a large lurry & got it all packed in. When we got to the station we put the luggage in the train & then had finished so in walking back out of the station we had to pass within six feet of the King while he sat at table having his lunch.