24th and 25th January 1919 Friday and Saturday

Nothing much happened … except

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“During the next few days nothing very startling happened. The ‘Canada’ sailed on the 24th for Blighty with a lot of sick and wounded aboard. On the 25th two other officers and myself sat on two Courts of Enquiry. The first was to investigate the loss of two army shirts (value 3/6), and the second to probe the mystery (?) of a burst radiator. On the same day the matron and four sisters arrived from the hospital ship ‘Kalyan’. Needless to say, we were all on our best behaviour and enjoyed the ladies’ visit immensely. That night we had a Burns celebration. It was a grand night. Kennedy came along from Archangel, and he and I danced a Highland Fling together after dinner. The Count de Campello proposed the ‘Immortal Memory’ very dramatically, and most of us made a speech, or speeches afterwards.”

We haven’t been able to clarify exactly which ship Douglas is referring to but the SS Canada in the picture below is our best guess. If we do find clarification we will update this post.

SS Canada

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