Imagine a hospital as big as King's College Hospital all packed into a train, and having to be self-provisioned, water, sanitated, lil, cleaned, doctored and nursed and staffed and officered, all within its own limits. No outside person can realise the difficulties except those who try to work it.
there is practically no furniture except the boy's beds, some chairs, many crucifixes and statues, terribly primitive sanitary arrangements and water supply.
My Madame (in my billet) gives me coffee and bread and butter (of the best) at 7, and there is a ration tin of jam, and I have acquired a pot of honey.
They were nearly all shrapnel shell wounds--more ghastly than anything I have ever seen or smelt.
You boarded a cattle-truck, armed with a tray of dressings and a pail; the men were lying on straw; had been in trains for several days; most had only been dressed once, and many were gangrenous.
We are getting quite used to a life shorn of most of its trappings, except for the two hotel meals a day.
It is a fortnight to-morrow since we mobilised, and we have had no work yet except our own fatigue duty in the Convent; it was our turn this morning, and I scrubbed the lavatories out with creoseol.
Whenever I think of the War to-day, it is not as summer but always as winter; always as cold and darkness and discomfort
The three of us listened glumly to the shrapnel raining down like a thunder-shower upon the trees in the park-those quiet trees which on the night of my return from Malta had made death and horror seem so unbelievably remote.
"He's been dangerously wounded-and it doesn't say how!" It didn't say how. Now that I knew so much about wounds, that vagueness seemed the telegram's worst infliction.