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Date: April 1916

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Apr 16, 1916
Capt. McNichol, Marr, the Major & I went for a long ride – 25 miles. Had a great time & surprised myself. The country is great & there are large numbers of songbirds.

Apr 17, 1916
Capt. McNichol got orders to go as M.O. to the 35th so he leaves us tomorrow. Will miss his company very much. Today I rode a bucking horse & got a bad throw. My whole side is black & blue & my right hip is very sore. Nevertheless I remounted & continued the ride.

Apr 21, 1916
Good Friday. Miss Blackadder of Victoria phoned me up from Moor Barracks Hosp. I called on her in the evening & we talked of Victoria & all the people we knew & of those who were here. She looks fine & enjoys her work here. It sure was a treat to see somebody from home.

It’s hard to believe but nearly every girl in the Hythe, Sandgate & Folkestone has gonorrhea & syphilis. Of course this does not apply to the nurses who are a well behaved bunch.

Apr 24, 1916
I got a notice warning me to be ready to proceed for Overseas Service at a moment’s notice. Many others also got a notice.

Apr 28, 1916
My warning for overseas cancelled. Gee I am sorry. Also I had written to many of my friends that I was going to France & had made all preparations.

I think the English Gov. must be asleep to allow a rebellion to break out in Ireland at Dublin as there were all sorts of warnings & no steps were taken to nip it in the bud.