WEEKEND WEB: Doctor’s letter from Egypt
We look back on the wartime stories in the Lincs Free Press this week in 1918...
The following were extracts from a paper written by Percy Milan RAMC in Egypt and Palestine for Bourne Congregational Guild and was read at a meeting by the Rev J Comyn Jones.
“After six months in Cairo, I considered myself fortunate indeed on being detailed on the staff of a new hospital train then being fitted out at the Egyptian State Railway.
I was warned that it wa for the other side of the Canal, a way of hinting that I could make up my mind to leave civilisation behind.
We reachedour destinationon the west side of the canal and were taken to a specially-built pontoon, twocoaches a a time. We were the first hospital rain to cross the Canal and inconsequence got a suitable ovation from the Tommies.
Previously, the sick and wounded had been conveyed by emergency train and it must have been arelief for the boys to see such a fine train as ours.
We had not to wait long for ordered to proceed, for where there is an army, there is bound to be sickness, though it is the proud boast of the British Army that its sick rate is generally within the mark.
As the line extended, our modest run of 50 miles return soon became one of 200, then 290.
During these runs, we had exciting moments, watched air fights and bomb raids by enemy aircraft. Up to date, they have not dropped anything on us, but have shelled a hospital from which we used to clear patients.
Sand drifts were a frequent cause of derailment, but often there was something in the neighbourhood we could visit during the wait.
Our Royal Engineers were splendid at such times; they would not shift the obstruction but just run a loop line around it and away we would go merrily as ever...”
Aeroplane crashes into a high hedge in Pinchbeck
An unfortunate aeroplane accident, happily attended with no serious results, occurred at Pinchbeck.
The aeroplane was seen to be rapidly descending and on landing was completely wrecked.
Mr Holmes jnr, who was first on the scene, expected to find the airman seriously injured, but such was not the case.
Great difficulty was experienced in getting the man out, through the machine falling on to a high hedge situated in a swamp, but eventually he was rescued, and was monitored to the Johnson Hospital, Spalding.
The man’s chief injury consisted of a badly-sprained ankle and the Free Press was glad to learn he had left hospital soon after the crash.
Herd to be sold off by Bicker farmer
A Bicker farmer took drastic action to avoid laying himself open to another milk prosecution.
Mr W Sharpe, of Moreley House, wass ummoned for sending to London milk containing 17 per cent added water.
It was stated his response was to sell his whole herd of 52 milch cows.
For the defence, Mr Ricketts said the mil was sent to London in unlocked churns.