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Diary of a Dispatch Rider

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30/10-01/11/18


Banstead100

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Continuing the diary of Corporal John Sangway, dispatch rider with XVII Corps.

 

30th Oct

Came into hospital with “special” flu a week ago, 23rd. Damnable. If this is typical of hospitals out here, Florence Nightingale never finished her job. I have seen disinfectant once. I have had my medicine half the times ordered. I have slept on the floor all the time in verminous and dirty blankets. There is no ventilation at night & it stinks. People play horribly on pianos outside your door. The latrine arrangements are foul & frightfully inadequate & there is no water at night to wet your parched tongue. Can’t think of any more horrors at the moment. And yet I am feeling better. God knows why!

 

Nov 1

Left hospital, God be thanked. When shall I get free of vermin!

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