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The hospital ship, Madras, subscribed for and main-tained by residents of the Presidency, has done much good work since the early days of November in transporting sick and wounded soldiers from Africa and the Persian Gulf back to India. As an instance of what the Madras is capable, it may be mentioned that on a recent trip from Mombasa to India she embarked a British officer, thirty-eight British rank and file of whom seven were convalescent and one insane six Indian officers, 144 Indian rank and file,and sixteen followers. The majority of the patients were medical cases, many of which were suffering from a very severe type of malarial fever which is prevalent in East Africa. It appears that ISO of these patients came from the base hospital at Nairobi and made the journey to Mombasa by special East Africa ambulance train. Almost imme diately after completing this voyage the vessel left for Basra, in the Persian Gulf, in response to an urgent request. As regards the actual work of the Madras, there is a considerable amount for the staff to do even when in dock. There is usually some important work to perform, such as adapting or converting the cabins in order to make them comfortable and useful. Apart from such major work, there are always minor works repairs to apparatus and to equipment. Then there are hospital stores and supplies to replace and supplement, Red Cross gifts consigned to various destinations to check, and such like things. During all this time, too, the ship’s coaling, watering, cleaning, and retouching and, possibly, painting is proceeding. The sick come alongside in barges, steamers, or smaller craft, and are told off into various medical or surgical wards, as the case may be. Students and ward boys turn to and carry the kit of those too ill to manage their own. Stretcher cases are slung on board by steam winches and are then carried by a stretcher squad of students to lifts, which lower them to their respective wards. On reaching the ward the men are classifiedby regiments to their various beds. The sick have sometimes to come a long distance to reach the vessel and frequently arrive in an exhausted condition. Among the trips already completed by the Madras are those to East Africa and Zanzibar in November, to British Mesopotamia in January, to East Africa and Zanzibar in February, to British Mesopotamia in March, and to East Africa and the Persian Gulf in April. Since the above picture of the staff of the vessel was obtained, Lieutenant Nair has resigned his post on the staff of doctors owing to ill-health.A wounded officer being taken on a stretcher to his cabin on board the “Madras,” the hospital ship which was acquired by the Madras Government for the purpose of conveying wounded Indian soldiers back to India from the Persian Gulf and Africa. The ship was visited some short time ago by Lord PentlandThe names of the officers, reading from left to right, are: Front row Major Symons, I. M.S. (surgeon); Colonel Gifford, I. M.S., C.S.I, (commanding officer); and Captain Bradfield. adjutant; back row Hon. Lieutenant Nair, I. M.S. Captain Stott, I. M.S. and Major Rai, I. M.S.Muskat, the picturesque town at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, was recently visited by Lord Hardinge, Viceroy and Governor-General of India. Only a month previous to the Viceroy’s visit this same picturesque town, the capital of Oman, had been the scene of a most determined attack by 3,000 Arab rebels, who were brilliantly repulsed, with very big losses, by the troops composing the British garrison. His Excellency the Viceroy arrived onH.M.S. Northbrook.” He was received on landing by the Sultan of Muskat, accompanied by his suite and by the British political resident, Colonel Benn, C. I. E. Ceremonial visits were exchanged between his Excellency and the Sultan. Lord Hardinge also received an address of welcome from the British- Indian residents and merchants. In the evening the Viceroy held a review of the British garrison.

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Issue 815. - Vol 62

Sep, 04 1915