Churchill-Smith, James – October 1917
English Lieut. brought in during early morning suffering from either gas or bomb wound; being kept alive with Oxygen – poor Sisters & Orderlies very busy. – Died late at night. Nice day. Feeling well.
Dull day, which makes it pleasanter to be in bed. Feeling A.1.
Dull windy day with rain during early morning. X Ray’d in morning – hope all O.K. Noel called about 1 p.m. – jolly good of him, glad to see him. Brought along my diary. Sorry to hear of poor Harry Seager & Carr. Glad stunt of 26th was successful as far as Battalion & Bgde was concerned. Hope I’ll soon be back with Battalion.
Dull day. Wrote dear Mum, Kate & Dad, also Paul Guillemin. Feeling A.1. 100 odd wounded German prisoners arrived here – rather an excellent protection against air raids. Watches put back 1 hour at midnight.
Wrote Charlie Moule re kit. Fine day but rather cloudy. Up from 2 p.m. to 2.45 p.m. – feeling rather weak but enjoyed being out of bed.
…Stitches (about 12 in all) taken out of head during morning by Sister – scabs scraped off and head cleaned. Everything O.K. Am I lucky ?? 7 pieces of shell in my head, none of which penetrated the skull, and only necessary to take 4 pieces out…
Dull rainy day with occasional sunshine. Changed from “Charles” to “George” Ward owing to more patients coming in. Feeling very well. Up all day & got into clothes.
Nice fine day. More patients came in during early morning – all wards full. Johns (batman) arrived about 6.30 p.m. with my kit. Feeling excellent.
My birthday – the 3rd from home. Went to St Omer in afternoon. Feeling A.1. Received letter from Mattie Adney.
Windy day but sun shing. 250 patients evacuated from Hospital to London in morning. Went to St Omer with Kelly in afternoon…
Nice fine day. My discharge papers put in today – wounds good enough to go down to Base. Wrote dear Dad & Sid, also Bunny McManus, & Madame Malfait. St Omer in afternoon with Kelly. Feeling sorry that I leave hospital tomorrow.
Left No. 7 Gen. Hospital, St Omer, by Car at 11 a.m., & St Omer station by train for Havre Base at about 1.30 pm. Very sorry to be leaving the Hospital as my time there has been very enjoyable, & the attention of the Sisters &c all that one can expect. Good luck to them all…
Arrived Rouen 9.30 a.m. – cold traveling. Harfleur 1.30 p.m. – then marched to Camp. Met Lieuts Mills & Cook, also Lt G. E. G. Gill late A & I Staff.…
Beautiful day. Mills left for Battalion. Went through Gas during morning. Wrote Mattie Adney, Mona & Tom Loutit. Havre in afternoon with Cook – fairly enjoyable time. Bed early.
Nice fine day. Met George Grindell, Pte 48th, now at Base. … Wounds doing A.1. – having them attended to 3 times a day here. Cabled Dad that I am convalescing at Base, also sent a P. C.
….Went before a Medical Board in morning – believe classed “A” – hurrah! Head doing well, only one place now open. Called on Charlie Perry (Capt. Chaplain) in afternoon – had good afternoon’s chat.
Dull day with occasional rain. On court of Enquiry \(Pres)/ re Stavely’s death by tram running over him – Moy & Lewitt members. Feeling A.1.
Dull wet day. Cook (2/Lt) left for Battalion. Found piece of stitch still inside one of my wounds – got it out but felt dizzy for a bit afterwards. In camp all day. Head doing splendidly.
Very wet day – raining nearly all the time. Feeling very well. Orders out for my move to Battn. tomorrow.
Nice day but rain at night. Left 4th Div Camp at 5.30 p.m. with Capt Koch & draft & marched to Havre. Entrained about 11.30 p.m. – left at 12 midnight. Cabled Dad.