MARGARET FAWCETT, Sarum House

Scottish Women’s Hospital.

 I am at present in Russia, working under the Scottish Women’s Hospital, and altogether having quite a good time. The unit is divided into two parts, the hospital staff and the motor transport. Edith Faithfull (Fawcett House) is in the latter. It was so nice to find that she was coming out with us when I met her in Liverpool before we started. I am in the hospital part, and my duties are many and varied, chiefly to do with the mess. I had no idea that Natasha Harris (School House) lived at Odessa, so was pleasantly surprised when she came to the sanatorium the first morning we were there with several other English girls to take us about. They were perfectly splendid. I’m sure it must be a very tiring jot to interpret for several eager people who want to know everything, but they never seemed to get tired. Altogether we spent the most enjoyable four days of our journey at Odessa. Natasha was very keen to come with us, but of course she can’t leave her father and mother. Mrs. Harris was extremely kind; she said that if any of us get ill we are to go back to Odessa, and she will take care of us. At present we are under canvas in a very nice little camp, but have no patients in the hospital. We only arrived from our base hospital on the 11th, and the lst Serbian Army Corps, to which we are attached, has gone into reserve, so that for the present we shall have nothing to do, unless we nurse Russians. We had one fearful night at the baso. About eighty-nine wounded arrived before we were properly ready. There were one or two bad cases and three or four died, but the majority were only slight cases and were evacuated within three or four days. Our little hospital, with its staff of twelve, has left the base to be nearer the Front, and now that we are here the Serbs are not fighting, so we do not know at present what we shall be doing. The weather is excellent and camping out is most enjoyable.

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