Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 115 )
‘Have you any questions you would like to ask, this may be the last time we meet,’ stated the Major. ‘Who will be my travelling companions, do you know?’ I asked in reply. ‘I do, as it happens, you will be travelling with the first contingent of The Imperial Yeomanry, like you they are all volunteers, you should get along fine with them.’
‘Will I have my own cabin, or will I be sharing?’ I asked, more out of curiosity than concern.’ ‘That, I am afraid is out of my hands, you will receive your allocation from the ships Officers, but if you are sharing it will be with another Officer’ I was assured.
‘Will I be given the opportunity to train some of the soldiers in basic Medical skills, so that in the field they may attend to each others wounds and injuries,’ I queried. ‘That, I am afraid depends on you and their Commanding Officer, they will have time on their hands, he will be a fool if he does not accept your offer. But unfortunately I can not order him to do so!
‘So, I will have to make my own negotiations, and try to convince him of the worth of what I am offering!’ I asked, seeking conformation of his words.
‘Yes! I am afraid you will have to sell him your proposals and the benefits to him and to his unit, Do you think you can do that? asked the Major. ‘I don’t see why not, I’ve sold bigger proposals in Whitechapel and put up a convincing argument on my own and my patient’s behalf,’ I replied part to re-assure the Major and also myself!
(C) Damian Grange 2018