There is no documentation of what Calderon did between now and 15 September. Presumably, however, he had to set about equipping himself for active service.  Officers had to buy some of their equipment, clothes, and food themselves; they even had to pay a fee to join some regiments!  Similarly, they had to buy all the personal accessories they would need on a campaign.

Like many Edwardian men, George was particular about close shaving, well starched collars, quality toiletries and leather goods, personal hygiene etc.   This is a monogrammed linen face towel that may well have accompanied him into the field:

George Calderon Towel

What we know never occurred to him at this stage was that he might need a servant, or have to have one to go with his status.

Next entry: A biographer bifurcates


About Patrick Miles

I am a writer who specialises in Anton Chekhov and is writing a biography of George Calderon.
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