While going through Haig’s typescript diaries for the period November 1917 to March 1918, I noticed that DH appeared to have a habit of setting out not only who attended his meetings but also how they sat as he took the trouble of sketching out the seating plans. Four examples are shown here. I have no idea why this meant so much to him, but he clearly felt it worth recording.
The 9th January 1918 meeting in Downing Street was where Lord Derby bet Lloyd George 100 cigars to 100 cigarettes that war would be over by next New Year. LG disagreed but Haig “thought the war would be over, because of the internal state of Germany.”
Source : WO 256/27, The National Archives