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
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Did You Know?
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 Sybil is at the breakfast table reading the letter of the death of another friend, she folds it closed and looks up. The camera cuts to Lord Grantham for a line but when it cuts back to Sybil, her head is down and she is reading the open letter again. See more
[Lady Mary is praying for the safe return of Matthew
Lady Mary Crawley
Dear Lord, I don't pretend to have much credit with you. I'm not even sure that you're there.
[she looks at a photograph of Matthew
Lady Mary Crawley
But if you are, and if I've ever done anything good, I beg you to keep him safe.
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
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more