13th October 1918 Sunday

A Short Back & Sides and a Scrounged Harmonium

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“Sunday October 13th saw me up at dawn supervising the embarkation of thirty sick and wounded men whom I despatched to Yemetskoe where a new Detention Hospital has been opened with Lt. Bradbury, R.A.M.C. in charge. After getting that little lot off my hands successfully I arranged about sending Capt. Pratt and 2 R.A.M.C. men off on another boat to join Col. Haselden’s Force, and Lts. Dewey and Hutchinson, and 4 R.A.M.C. men to Meijnovskaya to join Lt. Little, and to send him back to Seletskoe to help me, as soon as they had handed over. I was busy all day getting the main hospital, and annexes cleaned up, and ready to receive new cases. The new R.A.M.C. proved to be good chaps. One of them was a 1st class hair-dresser and a chiropodist, and in the evening I had a hair-cut – the first since leaving home! At night we learned that Col. Haselden had taken Shredmairenga with eleven (11) prisoners, and 3 machine-guns. Ten Bolos. were killed, and our casualties were only 4 wounded.

As a result of ‘scrounging’ around in the village I managed to get hold of an harmonium for the hospital, which afterwards proved to be a great boon to all.”

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