22nd May 1917

At Hampton Rds. This morning a small operation was performed on a young fellow suffering from Pleurisy, 40 ounces of fluid being drawn off from around his Right lung. This young fellow has not been complaining of any pain but has been running a peculiar temperature, which is now known to have been caused by this fluid.

150 tons of coal were taken aboard this morning, a lot of it having to be kept on deck. There has been a rumour about leaving tonight, but that has not been confirmed, and the latest is that we shall leave tomorrow.

I wrote to you this afternoon so it is probable (if we are coming to England) that we shall take nearly a fortnight to do the journey, and so the letter should arrive first. This evening I wrote to my friends at Jamaica.

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