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

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(case of man sent back to Aust with [Symov] in knee who couldn't bend it, went to a dance at Suez & got drunk.) The main idea of a large number of men & some officers too (Col. D.) is to get to Anzac, stay a few weeks for some a few days is sufficient & then clear out sick & back to Australia & England. It is frightfully disgusting - with all our trials in the 1st Aust Div we scarcely had any sickness the first 3 [ mos]. 'X' Again there is something wrong in the way men are being sent from Australia unfit for active service. The dentist here assures me that large numbers of men came here with their teeth in such a condition that they could not possibly be expected to remain fit for service in the "field". One man had not a tooth in his head or false teeth, just his bare gums. lots of men are likely to be under treatment for 3 mos before they are fit for service in the field & most of these 121