18th October 1918 Friday
After confusion in Archangel Douglas arrives on Solombola Island
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“After a very dismal and cold journey down the Dwina we eventually reached Archangel about 6 p.m. on the 18th. On reaching the wharf I had to hunt about for a hospital to take the wounded to, for there wasn’t a soul meeting the boat. At last I manged to be directed alright to 53rd Stationary Hospital, and after a lot of unnecessary fussing about, and delay about an ambulance, I saw the last of my eleven patients at about 10 p.m. Then I boarded the lugger once more and journeyed further downstream to the island of Solombola where is stationed the nucleus of 85th General Hospital. After a lot of splashing about in mud and water I found the mess, and received a homely Scots welcome from Major Richmond and Capt. Grant. I was dead beat. So ended the first part of my Russian Adventure.”
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