3rd combined letter to my friends
His Majesty's Troopship "Huntsgreen"
The Captured boat "Derufflinger
Norddeutscher Lloyd SS Breman
July 21st 1915
On Saturday the 17th on returning "(Sister Reid & I) to the Ivanhoe after having been to Lady Wallace's collection in the am. A Matinee in the afternoon Potash & Perlmutter a splendid American play – Then watched the women's procession as it passed Piccadilly Circus" we discovering we are really going in the morning – Twas all too True. 9am found our luggage gone & private buses outside the Hotel waiting to take us to Paddington Station where we leave at 10.30 for Devonport near Plymouth. Arriving there the Sisters & Staff Nurses are separated. Matron with the Sisters go off on a Troopship – colonel Dick in charge of them whilst we have Major Kent-Hughes Sisters Hoadley & de Mestre to look after us, its all so exciting & especially when we discover we are on the above boat. No one o know when we go or where to. There are 2400 souls on board – so the place is well packed. The troops are Middlesex & Welsh chiefly with a small band from Chesshire & 20 R.X. boys 50 Sisters & the remainder The ships crew. On Monday at 4pmm we left – how quietly – not a soul on the wharf to wave a farewell. A destroyer came with us & we needed her too for we were chased by 3 submarines. The boys were on duty all night with their life belts on