Justicia sunk, 32,000 ton vessel. Attacked by 8 submarines, 16 killed.
Rained all day, remained indoors.
*SS Justicia, a passenger steamer converted to a troopship, was torpedoed on July 19th and sunk the next day by a further U-boat attack while undertow. 16 crew members were killed. She was one of the largest ships sunk in WW1.
Not medically inspected yet.
I go to Orpington & Green Street Green. Small villages, have tea at latter place. 1/6.
The Colonel & two other officers give me a short “Star Chamber” exam & are satisified with my condition.
*In modern usage, legal or administrative bodies with strict, arbitrary rulings and secretive proceedings are sometimes called, metaphorically or poetically, star chambers. This is a pejorative term and intended to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the proceedings. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Chamber)
Paraded at 6.45 am for Hospital.
Leave Egham @ 8.40 am for Orpington Hosp’ via London (London Bridge). Arr. Orpington @ noon. 35 min. run from London. The Hospital is a collection of Huts containing 50 to 60 beds.
– heavy rain
Up again in front of Med. Officer who passes me for Hospital at Orpington. In evening to Egham. Say good-bye to Mrs. & Mr. Harry Cross, Mrs. Beamint, Mr. & Mrs. Heard.
– heavy rain
“posed” in front of Travelling Med. Board after waiting for 4 hours. The whole thing a farce. The Doctor states he cannot do any more for me & the Regtl. Doctor is the one to send him to Hospital! More waste of time!
Up at 9.30 am. A lovely day.
Leave Liverpool (Lime St.) at 3.55 pm for London & arr at 8.37. Miss train for Egham & have to take the 10.15 for Staines. Walked to camp 6 miles. Get in at 1.30 pm. Made down my bed of blankets & sleep sound.
– fine but heavy showers in afternoon
I go to Birkenhead with Mrs. Simcock, her son, & Harry’s dau. Gertrude to see them off to Parkgate. Harry & Gert follow up on bikes & meet us at Birkenhead. We cycle to Parkgate & Weston & have tea with Mrs. Simcock. Return to L’pool via West Kirby, Hoylake etc. Arr. Home 10.30 much tired. 40 miles journey.
Harry & I go around the city buying books etc. Am home at 2 pm. I finish a chart of the [pecqui…g] family & connection to Sg. Upton at 9.30 pm. All @ home. Tom looks fine & so do all family.
I stay up & finish my genealogical charts of the [p…..], [melbane] & Draycot etc families.
Harry & Gert go to bed.
Mrs. Simcock calls & I have tea with her.
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