Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 82
3rd London General Hospital
I managed to stop one at last, after a good many close shaves. I was hit in the groin on August the 25th. I had a heavy dinner fork in the pocket of my tunic, the bullet glanced off the handle & after making a gaping wound 3 inches square it travelled right across the stomach, finally lodging in the right thigh.
I was operated on at the ambulance station & then removed to the clearing station.
There I had a heavy hemorrhage, was opened up again, & re-operated on. All this little lot within 5 hours. Next morning I was taken on board a hospital ship, & eventually arrived in Alexandria where I stayed five weeks in hospital.
The surgeons only gave me a bare fighting chance of a recovery, but I was in great condition all the 18 weeks that I was on the Peninsula, & that pulled me through.