Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 108 )
‘I find myself in something of a dilemma, I enjoy my work at the Whitechapel Infirmary, but I feel frustrated, I want to do more for my fellow man.’ I explained.
‘Have you considered the services, there will be another war soon, the Boers are planning to declare an Independent Republic in Sothern Africa. The Imperialists will not allow it to happen.’ replied my Brother.
‘You mean enlist as a soldier? I don’t know if I’m cut out for that!’ I said. ‘ Not as a soldier, but as a Medical Officer, once this war start’s they will be crying out for men with your experience,’ my Brother assured me.
‘What makes you so certain that this war is imminent, why should we have to fight the Boers again, its only a few years ago that we beat them?’ I queried.
This time it will not be so easy, The Boers have better weapons, including some modern artillery and several competent generals. The Imperialists in the Government see them as a threat to Britain having an African Empire. Not only that but there is gold, diamonds and other valuable minerals that the powers that be covet.’ explained my Brother.
‘How do you know all this?’ I queried, wondering who his source was. ‘Mother Church has eyes and ears everywhere, now that Father is a Bishop, you would be amazed at what I get to know!’ replied Giles with a smile.
The Imperialists see it as a walk over, but I believe the Army is in for a bloody nose, that’s when you will find yourself, if you choose to serve of course?’ stated Giles.
(C) Damian Grange 2018