9th and 11th October 1918 Wednesday and Friday

The Arrival of reinforcements only capable of seated work

And Douglas nabs a spy!

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“On October 9th a sergeant, a corporal and six other ranks R.A.M.C. arrived from Archangel by tug for duty with me. They were all B. 111 category and looked it too!

On Oct. 11th I had to make more room for convalescent patients so took over another empty house of four good-sized rooms just opposite No. 1 Convalescent House. The Americans have christened the former Hickey’s Hotel, and the latter is already named Myersville – Hickey and Myers being the American orderlies in charge.

I assisted at the capture of an alleged spy in the forenoon. He was a released Russian prisoner of war, and had been in Frankfurt for the last two years. Since he arrived in the village we noticed that he disappeared for a day or two at times, and nobody knew where he went to. When arrested he could not give a satisfactory explanation. We were led to believe that he had been given money by the Germans, when they released him, to spy on us for the Bolsheviks. He was an accomplished water-colour artist, and showed us some excellent paintings done by himself whilst at Frankfurt.

A batch of twenty Americans arrived from ‘up the line’ in the afternoon suffering from so-called ‘trench feet’. I diagnosed the complaint as ‘cold feet’ and ticked them off. On the ‘phone Little said that he thought there was a yellow streak in them.”

Medical officers classified the condition of men as they were examined on enlisting. General Ironside made much of the poor category of soldier that had been sent to Northern Russia and below is a chart of those categories.

 A Able to march, see to shoot, hear well and stand active service conditions.
Subcategories:
Al Fit for dispatching overseas, as regards physical and mental health, and training
A2 As Al, except for training
A3 Returned Expeditionary Force men, ready except for physical condition
A4 Men under 19 who would be Al or A2 when aged 19
B Free from serious organic diseases, able to stand service on lines of communication in France, or in garrisons in the tropics.
Subcategories:
Bl Able to march 5 miles, see to shoot with glasses, and hear well
B2 Able to walk 5 miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes
B3 Only suitable for sedentary work
C Free from serious organic diseases, able to stand service in garrisons at home.
Subcategories:
Cl Able to march 5 miles, see to shoot with glasses, and hear well
C2 Able to walk 5 miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes
C3 Only suitable for sedentary work
D Unfit but could be fit within 6 months.
Subcategories:
Dl Regular RA,RE, infantry in Command Depots
D2 Regular RA,RE, infantry in Regimental Depots
D3 Men in any depot or unit awaiting treatment

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