Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 111 )
‘If I may ask, where do you personally stand on this viewpoint?’ I was interested to know. ‘Well!’ said the Major, ‘I like to consider myself an enlightened and progressive Officer, the problem is many of my Seniors still have Crimean War mentalities.’
‘Crimean War mentalities? I’m sorry, I don’t understand?’ I queried. ‘They still think of us as unbeatable, its a fallacy, we were slaughtered piecemeal by the Zulu’s at Isandlwana, and they were savages with little more than spears. I know we eventually beat them but the World Order is changing and we have to change or perish!’ He stated.
‘That is why one of the things I am campaigning for is an Army Medical Corps, where a man of your undoubted experience would be classed as an Officer, purely on your own merit. We want to consolidate the Army Medical Corps, the Army Veterinary Corps and the Army Nurses under one name the Royal Army Medical Corps.’
‘This coming war, may be a help I have a feeling the Boers may yet surprise us!’ ‘Why do you think that?’ I asked, after all I had a vested interest.
‘Since the last Boer War, they have improved their weaponry, which now includes modern artillery and their Senior Officers are familiar with the country and how best to campaign in it. We will just blunder in, and unless we are very lucky, will be slaughtered piecemeal’ He stated candidly.
(C) Damian Grange 2018