OUR SOLDIERS IN EGYPT. (Colonist, 17 November 1916)

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our soldiers in egypt writing from tho soldiers club telel-kebir to lady godlov who is now iii london miss ettie a rout hon secretary of the new zealand volunteer sisters gives an interesting description of the work being donewor tlio colonial soldiers still m egypt miss rout says rho colonials in egypt-have a deadly job-seemingly quite worthless and yet important to keep being done but boring and brain-soddoning to the last degree a good many patrols start out or pass by herosometimes they have been cut 20 hours on the desertand of course this place is a god-send when they go out before 10 pm they come in for cocoa and sandwiches after that i send these to the camp as a rule if you are wakened up atl am for several hours patrol work it is decent to hsuve a nice little snack ready waiting and of course it is very attle trouble and expense for me to prepare it oh mercy i dont know why we dont look after our menfolk better i suppose it is because there are not enough women connected with the commissariat department of military work the human care of men sick and well has been our job for millions and millions of years and when the mere male jumps our claim he is bound to get out of his depth still as you say it is immensely difficult to get the right kind of women but when you do get them it is wonderful what they can do take that scottish women hospital unit attached to the serbian army to which j sent sister kerr and miss stephens they are doing everything with womenwomen doctors women orderlies women chauffeurs etc etc dr agnes beninett of wellington new zealand is m charge and dr jessie scott of auckland new zealand is also there there is only one new zealand man our volunteers have met and he comes from christchurch and knows me all the rest are serbs and french-not even any britishers and yefc there are these women toiling away bringing freely their stores of professional skill and womanly sensiblo care just because oh well just because we are the guardians of the torch of life anywhere and everywhere but i realise it is not all women who can act effectively on these broad kiies and i am glad you think it would be better for the inzvs now in england to work among the new zealanders i think that too with regard to those of us in egypt we ought not to get out of touch with our menfolk as we certainly would do if we all went over to salonika in any ease we could not finance that easily and i dont want to be tied up with management work and unable to do anything myself individually i have therefore thought it best to advise tho acceptance of the offer of giza red cross hospital to take our women on permanently some ten or twelve of them they are doing very good work there having been there for over 6 months in some cases and if the hospital wants to keep them i think it should have first call thank you for the inquiries made about the gramophone yes i would like to have it here as soon as possible with a good supply of records i cant get any athletic goods here so i would like to have two or three good punchballs with strong rubber bladder also a set of 6oz boxing gloves please send everything addressed care yjmca cairo they are very good and prompt in re-directing letters etc 1 can send you a bank draft for cost of these things when 1 know the amount there has been a delay in my getting picture film outfit for the australians at moascar for reasons which i cannot detail i may change the plan and get one or more pianos instead the movement of troops is partly responsible for this i have received quite a number of letters from mothers of soldiers in australia one came this week about the youngest of three soldier-sons this woman has given to her country i know you will do 3-our best for my darling she says isnt that one of those profoundly beautiful things women say and none but women can say the complete faith she has in appealing to another woman is just ab beautifulas the deep simple revelation of her mother lave but oh the sacrifices these dear hearts have had to make worse than their own lifeblood i suppose it is a new birth for all of us more especially ior those of us who belong to theyounger nations and if blood be the price of our nationhood good god well pay it in full the colonies are certainly taking the war much more seriously now than formerly formerly quite a considerable section looked upon it as a cross between a gigantic adventure and a private plant for the excitement am-benefit of rhemselves but it is amaupx that so many folks cango on and g what they are pleased to regard as their lives in these days how they can stay out of it is incomprehensible bister kerr writes to from salonika thuswe are as busy as ever here had to turn away our first batch of wounded last week as our operating surgeon was ill with malaria and jaundice and the camp too full of sickness to admit them it was a horrible disappointment to everyone but there are a number of otherhospitals here did i tell you dr bennett has lent all her sisters bait meto the british hospital for sorbs thwy are getting patients in at the rate of one hundred a day and not a single sister only ramc orderlies it is getting more and more difficult to get sisters from homo tim military authorities will not let them leave the six sisters to come here have dwindled down to two


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