Diary from siege of Kut
2nd Feb[ruary] - 12th February (inclusive)
(handwritten in ink) H.S.
Unable to write up diary for some days now. On 2nd I had another attack
of Colic and stopped in bed all day except to take Holy Communion which
one Soldier attended as he was out from Hospital and had to go back to
the trenches at once. He was looking terribly ill and thin - no clothes
but what he stood up in - not even an overcoat. Major Lodge came in from
the Fort & had a long break and several others came to have a chat
also. Bitterly Cold. Read a good deal. The next day (3rd) was able to
get up and go out. Bought several things from late Colonel Courtenay's
& Capt[ain] Begg's Sale. At 5.30 Johnston (R[oyal] A[rtillery]) &
I were just starting for a stroll when shells came over and as we were
well in the danger zone we postponed our walk to a more favourable day!
On 4th poor Captain Alexander IMS. att[ache]d to 1/7th Gurkhas got shot
straight through the head. He moved out of the 1st line trenches as all
was quiet when a stray bullet got him. It was about the only one fired
for about an hour. He leaves a young wife and 2 small children - an especially
sad case as he was very poorly off. An aeroplane of ours was up today.
It dropped some cig[arette]s for the Norfolks. We expected great news
of our Relief, but no not yet! But the following appeared on the notice
Board from The Viceroy to General Aylmer -: viz
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