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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Branson mentions Sylvia Pankhurst while talking to Sybil. Pankhurst was an activist opposed to the war. She was an early women's rights activist who set up soup kitchens for the poorer women of London, and started a factory making toys so the women would have a place to work. Sylvia and her comrades also worked to defend the right of soldiers' wives to decent allowances while their husbands were away, both practically, by setting up legal advice centers, and politically, by running campaigns to oblige the government to take into account the poverty of soldiers' wives. She was a campaigner for the suffragette movement, a prominent left communist and, later, an activist in the cause of anti-fascism. 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
I should wash him. This bit can be grim. Sometimes we have to cut off the clothes they've travelled in and there's bound to be a lot of blood.
Lady Mary Crawley
How hot should the water be?
Lady Sybil Crawley
Warm more than hot.
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