Beresford Bardwell World War I diary 1915

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onto large liner, went back to Anzac on Sunday, took on more patients, left for Lemnos where more walking patients disembarked & others came aboard, & finally left for Alexandria on Tuesday morning where we arrived about Thursday midday. The ship had about 600 patients aboard, 500 being in beds in wards, remainder on deck; we could by no means complain at our treatment. Thursday afternoon more serious cases were sent ashore. I may remark there were 50 deaths on the trip across rather a large percentage I should say. Next morning Aust & N. Z'ders were sent to Cairo by Hospital train British cases remaining at Alexandria. Train was very comfortable & clean each patient having a sheeted bed to himself. Had light lunch aboard roll & butter & egg, & arrived at Heliopolis mid afternoon stopping just opposite Heliopolis Palace Hospital, a fine edifice I described some months ago. Taken by motor ambulance to front entrance, deposited in hall, had particulars taken, ticketed & carried away to No 7 ward upstairs. Got a bed alongside a window with fair outlook, cool breeze in morning but rather hot during afternoon. We are excellently looked after here, plenty of doctors nurses & orderlies, good & plenty of plain nourishing food, clean comfortable beds etc. They say they are going to put me under X. Rays to locate pellet. Of course if it is bad position it will [Page 55]