I will not dwell upon the suffering of the wounded

TCD MS 3414 folio 74 recto

TCD MS 3414 folio 74 recto

[November-December 1915]

Gordon RVAS, Lt Monroe were present. Luckily the enemys shooting was eratic, & our palisade of bhoosa bails had served as a good protection to the wounded who were of course lying down. Several rounds went through the saloon, the Camp windows were smashed. I will not dwell upon the suffering of the wounded caused simply & solely to inadequate medical arrangements. <Save perhaps that had I not compelled the S&T officer with great difficulty to supply food without the official indent, the wounded would have had no food at all. I collected some men from the R.F.C. to get water, at the same time I collected small parties of the various casts, Brahmin, Sikh, Mussalman & etc & made them cook cakes continually for the wounded this was very successful as I placed a Gunner Driver with a fixed bayonet over them to ensure hard work.> Next day 31st I arrived at Kut, here the troops of this post were putting up what defences they could, & attempting to connect the row of mud block houses & the wire fence which ran from the Fort to Kut, into something of an entrenched line. I had neuritis very badly & could barely walk, & consequently I did no flying, in fact my flying ceased at Azizieh to the end of the war. Unfortunately we lost HMS gunboats Fire Fly <& Comet> several barges & motor launches, this was due to the mud banks & the shallowness of the Tigris at that time of the year; if the <river> column had started a day earlier from Lajj, This would not have occurred, but I believe that futile idea of hanging onto High Wall was the cause. The “Comet” was burnt by us but the Fire Fly was left intact owing I believe to the fact that there were some wounded men on board who could not be moved; the breach block of the 4” gun was thrown overboard, but unfortunately it was forgotten that a spare breach block was in the store onboard. Dec 2nd saw the Div within 5 miles of Kut & on Dec 3rd 10 a.m. they halted