Jack the Ripper – A Love Story ( Excerpt 186 )
The Colonel’s words had left me stunned, I was dismayed to learn that once again man was going to war against his fellow man. But this time on a larger scale with deadlier more powerful weapons.
There was no decision to make, of course I would re -join the Medical Corps, I was confident that the time I was away serving my country, my younger partner could with the help of his two assistants keep the practice ticking over. If the colonel’s information was correct and I had little doubt on that score.
I asked him when he was likely to need me? his answer once again surprised me, ‘There is at this moment an Army that is currently forming, they will be going to either France or Belgium to assist our European allies. It would appear that the enemy is Germany, Austro – Hungary and the Ottoman Empire.’
‘Our allies are France, Belgium, Italy and Russia, all the colonies are sending troops, who will be fighting in the various theatres of war. At the moment the Americans are neutral, but I can’t see them sitting on the fence for long.’
I was stunned, all these momentous events were happening almost on my doorstep and I had no inclination. I would once again volunteer, I saw no choice in the matter, I was sorely needed and so I would go.
(C) Damian Grange 2019