Sir Joseph John Talbot Hobbs personal diaries, Vol. I (25 April 1915 to 14 January 1916)

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On the afternoon of Nov. 1st I was [ ] attacked with most violent pains which continued more or less with acute diarrohea ever since (I have had diarrohea more or less since a fortnight after my return from Alexandria early in Sept.) [...]These attacks have cont'd with more or less virulence until yesterday. Since when the pain has become less, but I am unable to retain any food for many minutes. The D.M.S. came to see me & examined me. Monday morning 8th inst & insisted on me going away at once (which Capt. WHITFORD had also advised) Col. HOWSE I think thinks I am seriously ill - & would hear of no delay. (I wrote to Gen BIRDWOOD asking him to intercede to give me a chance of picking up as on Tuesday evening I felt a little better but Gen BIRDWOOD was away). So after a distressing night on Monday I was carried down on a stretcher to WALKERS PIER & here I am on board this fine Hospital ship very comfortable & well looked after. It is a great consolation to me that Mervyn has also been sent with me he has been suffering from intermittent diarrohea &


+ prior to leaving ANZAC. I wrote to Gen WHITE and mentioned these things inquiring as I did to Gen CHAUVAL the necessity for pushing on with them


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broke through Sat night Oct 31/ Nov 1. Turks attacked nights of Nov. 1/2, 2/3. }


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