GWL 31st August 1915

Rather a lot of gunning to-day, why I don’t know.  I wonder how many people will shoot partridge to-morrow?  It would be rather pleasant to pot instead of generally being potted at.

I do hope Major Conner’s Xray thing will be satisfactory, although I am rather afraid it must be serious.  Has anybody heard anything of the worthy Captain Frank Power lately?  I wonder when his lordship is thinking of taking ship for Boulogne or some other spot on the coast of this bug infested land.  The 29th was his birthday and I had intended to write to the lad but failed…….. The Sherlock Holmes story is fine.  Thank you so much for it, also for “Trent’s Last Case” which I have just begun and which came along with a most lovely parcel.”

X-rays were discovered towards the end of the 19th Century by Roentgen but it was the French physicist Marie Curie who realised the benefits of X-rays in aiding the treatment of wounded soldiers during the War.  The “new” technology enabled bullets and shrapnel, principally in head injuries, to be located, aiding surgical removal.

Marie-curie-xray-trucka

“Trent’s Last Case” is a detective novel written by EC Bentley and published in 1913.  It was subsequently made into a film three times.

{next post 2nd September}

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