Read today's entry from Harry Gissing's 1914-18 war diaries

November  28, 1916

Very little doing, mostly cases of sickness through, the majority being trench feet cases. Hundreds are daily sent through, this being a serious source of wastage. Every endeavour is being made to find out the best preventative, and every patient is interrogated to try and find out what they did in the way of looking after his feet. Rubbing with whale oil and the use of dry socks so far are the only things any good.

Had a nasty looking case in, the whole of the lower face having been shot away in addition to a fractured knee, and yet he stood the dressing like a brick, one of the dinkum heroes. Instead of turning in yesterday I went into Albert by car and tried to locate Morris. My usual luck again as he had just left that morning. Arrived back at 6 p.m. and went on duty again at 8.30, but managed to get a few hours sleep as things were very quiet. On arriving back found two splendid parcels awaiting me, one of which contained a warm vest and bed socks, very pleasing to the eyes. Have managed to get several letters away although we are not supposed to send anything but F.S. cards from here.

NOTE: The next entry is November 30.


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