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Dr Peter E Hodgkinson Chartered Clinical Psychologist - Military Historian

The Diary of Lance-Corporal ‘Roddy’ Rodinson

Part Four - Convalescence


2 July


Arrived Bus* 12.45. Left Bus for Doullens, arrived there 3 AM, spent the day there. Had my wounds dressed & spent the Sunday night there.


*There was a casualty Clearing Station at Bus.


3 July


Left Doullens in the train for Havre at 3.15. The RAMC men in the car looked well after us (sic). Spent the night in the train. Rain during the night. Thankful I was out of the trenches.


4 July


Arrived Havre at 9.30. Had our wounds redressed there then went on board the hospital ship ‘Panama’. Left Havre at 4.30, arrived Southampton at 2.30 Wednesday morning.


5 July


Arrived Southampton 2.30 AM but had to stay on board until 4.30 PM. Boarded the train & left Southampton for Manchester at 6.15.


6 July


Arrived Manchester 1.30 AM. Took a private car & was in hospital at 2 AM. Had a bath & clean change & in bed by 4.30. Had a good sleep and then had our wounds seen by doctor.





























7 July


In the Auxilliary Hospital, Nell Lane, West Didsbury, Manchester. In bed all day. Weather wet. Had a concert in the hospital during the afternoon by cinema artists.


8 July


In bed all day. My darling Mabel & Florrie came to see me on their way to Blackpool for 8 days. Nice day.


12 July


Mr Kerr.


14 July


Father & mother.


15 July


Mabel, Gert & Nell came to see me at Manchester.


24 July


Out of hospital by 2.30. Went with the two Miss McWilliams for a row on the lake in Platts Park. Had tea out & returned to hospital at 8.45.































Roddy is third from left, back row.



3 August


Edith & Cecil came to see me at Manchester.


5 August


Mabel came over for the weekend, stayed at Nan’s.


8 August


Left Manchester for Osbaldtwistle convalescence home, Paddock House. Arr(ived) there 2 o’clock, Jack, I and Sgt Moor.
































26 August


Left Osbaldthistle  for my 10 days leave. Spent first day with Jessie & friend at Didsbury. Left there 6.35 train.


4 September


Returned to barracks at Pontefract. Left Sheffield 5.38, in barracks 8.20.


6 September


On Full Medocal Board. Saw the General about 4 o’clock after waiting all day but received B 17.9. Best day’s work I ever did.


8 September


Went through my 2nd & 3rd boards in afternoon.


9 September


Mabel came to see me for afternoon which passed on the day fine.


10 September


Pontefract. Canteen Corporal 12.30 to 2.30, 6 to 9.


[22 September 1916 – discharged from army].



The Diary of 'Roddy' Rodinson