Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 123 )
‘If you’ll take my advice, Jack, run it by the Adjutant first, the Colonel is the head of the Regiment, but the Adjutant runs it day to day, get him on your side and its a done deal’ explained Jimmy.
‘When will it be convenient to see your Adjutant?’ I asked. ‘I can take you to see him now’ said Jimmy, ‘We have to see him anyway, to get the ok for you to be a guest in our Mess Room.’
We vacated our cabin and climbed the stairway to the upper deck, where apparently the Senior Officers had their quarters, as we strolled along the deck, Jimmy halted and said, ‘I believe this is the one?’ He knocked on the door and a voice from within called for us to enter.
We entered, Jimmy leading, to where an Officer sat behind a desk sifting through papers. ‘Major Beaumont, this is Doctor Jack of the Medical Corps, he has a proposition he would like to put to you’ Jimmy kindly introduced me and sponsored me too.
‘I’m pleased to meet you Doctor, Major is the formal title, off duty you may call me Harry, but I’m afraid our Colonel is a one for formalities, now lets hear your proposal’
‘Well the thing is, we are all going to be stuck on this ship for several weeks, and as I am sure you are aware, trained Doctors are in very short supply, what I am proposing is that I teach your men rudimentary medical skills. Nothing too technical, but enough to prolong a wounded comrades life until proper attention arrives. I was thinking in groups of ten at a time or thereabouts, give them something to think about,’ I stated my case.
(C) Damian Grange 2019