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12TH AUGUST 1915. HOSPITAL ROUEN: BOILS ‘UNFIT FOR ENTRENCHING’.

Bertie in Uniform Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: A Little Book of Words & Doings (1).

‘ Went for a Rest to Base at Rouen, Medical Inspection.  After 4 days I was stated  unfit for Entrenching.  Sent to 12 General Hospital & 9 Gen. Hospital with boils (2). Fine sunny weather.  Lovely wards at No 12.  Two Irish sisters at No 9.  Fussy little elderly sister.  Fine time at YMCA Huts –  attended Bible Class in afternoon.  Good food at T.B. (3). Learnt chess at YMCA with Ruberry.’   

FIELD SERVICE POSTCARD to Arthur Hibbett  Esq. c/o Mrs Hardcastle, 7, Victoria Square, Whitby, Yorkshire, England . Same  FPC to Ida Hibbett, 95, Foden Rd Walsall.

ARTHUR HIBBETT: 56 in 1914.
ARTHUR HIBBETT:
56 in 1915.
IDA HIBBETT VAD Nurse.
IDA HIBBETT VAD Nurse.

I am quite well. I am sent down to the base.  Letter follows at first opportunity.

Bertie Hibbett   Aug. 12th/15.  

Rouen. 1915. PC to Ida Oct . 1915. from Bertie Hibbett.
ROUEN.  PC to Ida Hibbett from Bertie Hibbett. 11th Oct 1915.

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SYDNEY HIBBETT 20 in 1914.
SYDNEY HIBBETT

Lance Corporal  SYDNEY HIBBETT remained at the Front.

SOUTH  STAFFORDS  WAR  DIARY.  S.W. SLOPE OF HILL 60.

11th Aug. Wed:   Very quiet day. Aeroplanes of both sides very active. CASUALTY: 8825  Pte S.J. Parkes slightly wounded.  Remained at duty. 

12th Aug Thurs.  Enemy grenades fell short of 37 trench.  Enemy working party observed and bombed opposite 36 trench.  Sounds of enemy mining reported by listeners in defensive mine in 37 trench but could not determine in what direction.  Hill 60 trench mortared from 37 trench.  CASUALTIES: WOUNDED:  7886  Pte S. Noble. 9415  Pte W. Pearson.

ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB
ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

(1) Note Book most probably begun in Hospital at Rouen. Aug. – Oct. 1915.

(2ROUEN:  B.E.F. General Headquarters in France. Many R.A.M.C. Stationary & General Hospitals. Main point of Red Cross casualty evacuation to England (getting a ‘Blighty‘ – See Bertie’s question on PC to Ida, 11th Oct. 1915 above).  No 12 Gen. Hospital Rouen held 1,350 beds in tents.  No 12 (and possibly No 9) were in vicinity of ‘champs de courses’ (race courses), cf ‘Great War Forum‘ ‘The Long Long Trail’ and ‘Old Sweats‘ online.

(2T.B. (Territorial Base).

NEXT POST: 14th AUGUST 1915.

 

10th AUGUST 1915. “EARL CARDIGAN IN FROCK COAT, FANCY SOCKS, SWAGGER CANE & CIGAR ASTONISHED THE ENEMY”.

South Staffordshire BadgeeSOUTH  STAFFORDS  WAR  DIARY

YVES CANAL TRENCHES – RAILWAY DUGOUTS.

 9th  Aug. Mon:  Furnished Working Parties to RE. CASUALTY: 6443  L/ Cpl J. Williams wounded. 10th Aug.Tue: Ditto.

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Bertie in UniformPte BERTIE HIBBETT: A Little Book of Words & Doings.

“Aug. 10th 1915:  Last  conversation with Capt. Cozens* (Tim) on leaving Railway Dugouts. Not been five minutes with him before a whole crowd was round him. Talked of a Charge in which Earl Cardigan (1) , dressed in civvies with frock coat, fancy socks, swagger cane & cigar astonished the enemy.  Offered Tim a State Express cig.  Harper* and Serg Major Gee* whom I saw also.  All three killed while I was at Rouen.  Aug – Oct 14th.

SYDNEY HIBBETT 20 in 1914.
SYDNEY HIBBETT
21  in 1915.

Lance Corporal SYDNEY HIBBETT:  FIELD SERVICE POSTCARD to Miss I. Hibbett, 95, Foden Rd, Walsall.

Field Post card from Sydney Hibbett to Ida Hibbett. 10th Aug. 1915.
Field Post Card from L/Crpl Sydney Hibbett to Ida Hibbett. 10th Aug. 1915.

I am quite well.  I am going on well.  Letter follows at first opportunity. 

Sydney.           Aug 10th/ 15 .

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ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB
ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

On Tues, 10th August, 1915,  Pte Bertie Hibbett was sent down to B.E.F. Base at Rouen for a Rest.  He had been ‘recommended for a rest’  by R.A.M.C. since 25th July.  His feet were considered unfit for the march from Wulverghem to Ouderdom Divisonal Base, Ypres Salient, so he went by ambulance’.  

(1) Earl Cardigan, 1872 – 1961: George William James Chandos Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquis of Ailesbury, styled ‘Earl of Cardigan’ from 1894.  Boer War awarded D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order).  WW1 mentioned in Despatches/ awarded T.D. (Territorial Decoration). Knight of the Garter/ St John; J.P;  Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire. 

(2) ‘Swagger cane’. A short stick (not cane) made of rattan.  Symbol of one in authority usually military. e.g. Roman Army centurions in Punic Wars. 264-146 BC.

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