WWI War Diary of Ronald Hurbert Mungo Park, M.C. 2nd Lieutenant, Irish Guards

Next morning the MO examined my knee and sent me in an ambulance to hospital at DOULLENS. I spent one night there and was taken in a hospital train to No 8 General at ROUEN where I stayed for three weeks. My next move was to DEAUVILLE where 1 was in hospital for a fortnight and in a charming Canadian convalescent home for a month. Here I had a most splendid time and my knee being now more lessor well I was sent at the end of June to ETAPLES to have a medical board. 1 was at ETAPLES for three weeks as I was given electric treatment and massage and at the end of July was granted three weeks sick leave in England. On 12th of August I crossed to France and went to CAM1ERS -the Machine Gun Base where I stayed for 10 days and was then offered a job as RO to a squadron in the RAF. This I accepted and joined No. 98 (Day Bombing) Squadron at BLANGEMONT near HESDIN on 22n d of August. In October the squadron moved to ABSCON a mining village 10 miles east of DOUAI and here I stayed until 17 December when I came home on leave and was demobilized on 18 February 1919. All my time with the Division I loved. It was my good fortune to belong to a splendid Company and to live and work with most charming people. We were the happiest party imaginable. I had a most wonderful time with them- a time that I would not have missed for anything in the world. We had bloody days and jolly days together and our only sad times occurred when such good and gallant fellows as Charles and Coltman went west. Tip perhaps more than anybody else kept things ingoing the Company and it was pure joy oncoming out of the line wet dirty tired and hungry to see his smiling face and hear that your bath and bed were ready and that there was fizz for the dinner. Then with when all the sections had got safely into sit down to a good meal and to hear the news and feel clean and civilized once more. Life was indeed worth living and the bad times one might have had mattered not one straw. 39
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