Just getting well on with Spanish Influenza when I am brought out of bed to go see Capt. Simpson, Co. Commander re Allocation board. After a lot of old old questions re age, birth, etc., he says “well Draycot, we’ll send you back to Canada.
Rien a faire.
Received letter from Erlysman Pinckney Esq. of Highbury, Warminister, Wilts (shire)
I have the prevailing Spanish Influenza.
*World War I claimed an estimated 16 million lives. The influenza epidemic that swept the world in 1918 killed an estimated 50 million people. One fifth of the world’s population was attacked by this deadly virus. Within months, it had killed more people than any other illness in recorded history. (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/influenza-epidemic/)
Before Medical Board who mark me unfit for further service & to be sent back to Canada. (B III not likely to become efficient within 6 months).
– fair, hot
To London with a colored comrade. His 1st visit to London & England. We visit Victoria & Albert Museum, Natural History Museum, United Services Museum, St. Paul’s Cath. & Crypt and other places. Dinner at Canadian YMCA. Tea @ Australian YMCA & to Aunt Rhia (Mrs. Draycot) @ 7 pm till 9:30 pm. She is much impressed with my Black friend. We leave for Waterloo & take train at 11 pm for Egham and Camp.
The Canadian Forestry Corps play Americans @ Baseball and result was Canadians 6 – Americans 5.
Exchange old Khaki for new suit.
Italians capture 4,000 Austrians and 72 of their old guns back again.
Interviewed by Colonel Burris of the staff here re my case. He, very cunning, asks me if I could carry on as an AI man!!! Heavy questions containing much rot are put to me.
Sister Martha very ill in Hospl. at Toronto. Appendicitis.
Harry gets letter.
Germans making good progress for Paris. Have captured 10,000 prisoners.
To Picton R. Room & afterwards to Harry’s.
To Seighford, Hopton, Hyde, Leigh in auto with Doctor M.
44 Sinn Feiners are arrested up to date.
Storm in evening.
Cannibalism in Austria.
The leaders of the Sinn Feiners are arrested. Count Plunkett, Dr. Valera, Countess Markievicz, Madam Gonne, Dillon, Arthur Griffith.
*The “German Plot” was a conspiracy alleged in May 1918 by the Dublin Castle administration in Ireland to exist between the Sinn Féin movement and the German Empire to start an armed insurrection in Ireland during World War I. The alleged conspiracy, which would have diverted the British war effort, was used to justify the internment of Sinn Féin leaders, who were actively opposing attempts to introduce conscription in Ireland. There is no evidence that the 1918 plot had any basis in fact. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_Plot_(Ireland))