August 1918: Deserted by the baby's father, Ethel has been installed with her child in a cottage on the estate by a sympathetic Mrs. Hughes, who brings her food. Jane, a war widow, has taken Ethel's place as a maid. Vera Bates returns, having spent John's money but with no intention of sticking to their arrangement and planning to make money by selling the story of Lady Mary's indiscretion to Carlisle's newspaper. Tipped off by Anna, Mary goes to see him and explains all, thus scotching Vera's plan as the newspaper owner threatens her with libel action. Having returned to the war, both Matthew and William sustain severe injuries at the Battle of Amiens, fatally in the case of William, who marries Daisy. Mary is glad to become a hospital auxiliary to nurse Matthew, though his spinal damage will, in all probability, leave him paralysed from the waist down and impotent. Written by
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Did You Know?
Although several characters die "off screen" William Mason, played by Thomas Howes
, is the first on-screen death of a central character. He dies a victim of war injuries. See more
Episode #2.5 begins with Matthew in the Battle of Armiens, which commenced 8 August 1918. Later in the episode, after he has been invalided at Downton, Branson mentions to Sybil that the Czar had been executed, which occurred 17 July 1918, and was reported within days of it occurring, and was know well before the battle Matthew was involved in. See more
Lady Sybil Crawley
What is it?
They shot the Czar and all his family.
Lady Sybil Crawley
I'm sorry. I'll not deny it. I never thought they'd do it, but sometimes the future needs terrible sacrifices. You thought that once.
Closing credits acknowledgement: "The red cross emblem used with kind permission of the UK Ministry of Defence and British Red Cross Society". See more
Downton Abbey - The Suite
Written by John Lunn
Performed by The Chamber Orchestra of London See more