Turpin, Geoffrey William Francis
October 22, 1942We had a very good Mess Dance on Saturday night. Our Mess is a huge house and a swell place for a party. I didn't know anyone I wanted to bring all the way here, so I decided to chisel. The chiselling was very good. There was a Major-General there with a very attractive Canadian WAAF officer, whom I thought was too young for him, so about four of us ganged up on him. We threw out a cloud of subalterns who engaged the general in conversation from all sides, and when he managed to break off the engagement, the WAAF officer had been skilfully extricated and moved away. A very neat and military manoeuvre, we thought, sure to appeal to the heart of a general, we hope.