After Bates' mother dies, he hopes his inheritance will buy him a divorce and allow him to marry Anna, Matthew announces his engagement to Lavinia Swire, and Sybil gets involved in the war effort.



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November 1916. Matthew is fighting in the horrific Battle of the Somme but at Downton Robert, given a courtesy title as head of the local yeomanry but deemed too old to fight, and William, forbidden by his father to enlist, feel frustrated as white feathers are given to non-combatants. Sybil also feels useless and goes to York for nursing training whilst Mary hides her disappointment when Matthew, home on leave, brings his betrothed, Lavinia Swire, to meet her. She nonetheless sees him off, giving him her lucky mascot, as he returns to the fighting, Back in the trenches he meets Thomas, sick of the war, who deliberately gets himself wounded. John returns from his mother's funeral, hoping to buy off his greedy wife Vera with his inheritance and marry Anna. However, now that he has money, Vera turns up and threatens to expose Anna's part in Mary's indiscretion with the Turk Panuk unless he leaves with her immediately - which he does. Fortunately a suspicious Mrs. Hughes has overheard ... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Sybil's lament, "All the men I've ever danced with are dead," is based upon script writer/series creator Julian Fellowes' own Aunt Isie, who is quoted in Virginia Nicholson's book, "Singled Out", which discusses the lives of women after World War I. See more »


When the orchestra is playing for the hospital opening in November 1916, the flags suspended over the stage include that of Greece, which did not enter the First World War until 02 July 1917. In addition to this, the Greek flag shown was not adopted as the national flag until 1969. See more »


Matthew Crawley: [to Thomas] War has a way of distinguishing between the things that matter and the things that don't.
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Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more »


References The Remains of the Day (1993) See more »


Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London
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