5th May 1917 Saturday

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“I left the Gare Maritime (station) at 2am on May 5th for the Front once more. I got a great send-off from the hospital staff, and the Commanding Officer and Padre came down to the station to see me off. This train crawled into Rouen at 6am. I had a wash and breakfast at the Officers’ Club and reported to the D.A.D.R.T (Deputy Assistant Director of Railway Transport), who reconsigned me for Hazebrouck, the train leaving at 3pm, so I had lunch at the club, and a look around the old town. The Cathedral was a wonderful building. Lots of Hun prisoners were working about the place.

The train left at 4pm and there were five of us in a stuffy carriage – 2 Irishmen, a South African, 1 Englishman and myself!” 

Life at the seaside town of Le Havre, both as a patient and a working doctor now came to an end and the tedious train journey into the unknown began again.

Map of Le Havre



German prisoners of war wait at the quayside in Rouen to unload an incoming ship.

A postcard of Rouen and Cathedral in 1917

A postcard of Rouen and Cathedral in 1917



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