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

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very weak, & my internal trouble recurs, as soon as I attempt much movement. every body has been most kind to me I have had many callers & the Doctors & Sisters are kindness itself. Maj Sommons is my medical attendant. I was "boarded" & told that it was absolutely out of question for me to return to Anzac before 4 or more likely 5 weeks at the least - to return would in all probability mean an immediate recurrence of my trouble & a return here. I was offered 3 alternatives:- 1. To go to Luxoor 2. " " " Cyprus 3. " " " England. After the most serious consideration & on the advice of Cols Howse, Newmarch & Maj Summons & the other members of the Board, Capt --- & with the concurrence of Col Ryan, I decided for England. there I may be able to do something or perhaps in France for I shall try + get permission to visit the front. I may get information there of great value to us at Anzac. I am writing to Gen Birdwood through my G.O.C. about it. I could not stay here or in Cyprus kicking my heels doing nothing for 5 weeks I should go mad. 119