They could not eat the bread ration given them

TCD MS 3416 page 27

TCD MS 3416 page 27

[May 1916]

ment of liqueur brandies, which of course I did not leave unsampled. Mosul is on the right bank of the Tigris; on the left bank directly opposite to Mosul lie the ruins of Nineveh and the tomb of Jonah who had the unique experience with the whale. <Nineveh means “The city of the Big Fish.” The story of Jonah was a [?], for he was swallowed up by his [?enemy] in the “City of the Big Fish” & was afterwards “spewed forth” or ejected by his enemies from Nineveh> Nothing, however remains standing, and the only things visible are a number of mounds.

“I visited” said Major Baines, “our men at the infantry hospital and found there 70 men suffering from dysentry. They complained that they could not eat the bread ration given them and were therefore more or less starving. There was no room for them in hospital, so I returned and asked Major Rechid Bey to make provision for these men in hospital, which was arranged for”. I may mention that if suffering from this complaint, any hard food will, as likely as not cause death, such diets as milk & eggs are the only form of sustenance that