[10 April 1917] 26 out of 50 and middling in the other with 44 – I can hardly set up as an unpreducised critic but the result seems to be to tell a good deal more against the examiner than the examined – however I console myself for by considering that if I could have the instructor for a weeks course in electricity etc & in the setting and correcting of Exam papers he might have done better a fact rather brought out by the fact that when I asked him he refused to let us have the corrected papers back. An ordinary examiner in the first instance would have set a less puerile paper and if he had to correct it would have given full marks in one case and pretty near full in the second.
The lectures every day from 5.30 – 6.30 are also intensely stupid and boring – flag wagging during the day is quite interesting though – I’ll be the real signaller when I’m finished!! I believe they expect people at the end of the course to be 1st class signall instructors a position which really I understand takes at least a year to reach! Anyway its interesting to learn the elements of electricity and magnetism and the exact no. of inches a stay should be fixed from the foot of a pole in an air line. Can’t <you> picture me taking out my foot rule – slide rule etc when I return to the battery and