[13 April 1917] Well to change the subject a bit one of the budget of letters I got yesterday was quite a pleasant one from the battery saying that my acting Captaincy had gone through all right – so now I’m 2nd Lieut acting Capt. and can put up the badge of Capt and draw the pay, in fact really its just the same as substantive rank of Capt as far as practice goes. Certainly its a bit of luck – I’m afraid I can claim no credit – simply a pure piece of luck happening to fall my way!
Anyway the extra pay will come in handy. As I told Veronica we had an exam the end of last week – the result has now come out and I’m afraid is not very good as far as I’m concerned – I was bottom in one paper – and 4th in the other – I don’t think the Examiner had very much experience in correcting and imagine that they won’t give full marks for an ordinary short concise answer unless its followed by a lot of talk & blather – anyway I’ll know for next time The papers were both rather puerile – and I don’t imagine the instructor could teach me very much about elementary electricity & magnetism – which was one paper – I asked the examiner to give back the corrected papers but he would not do so. I think everybody was surprised at the method of marking.
Today was quite an interesting day as