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300   DAYS OF PREPARATION

102 officers and men. In the unit there were 58 Canadians, 27 Englishmen, 8 Scotsmen, 1 Irishman, 1 Welsh-man, 5 Americans, and 2 whose place of birth was not stated in the "Nominal Roll." It will be seen from this that No. 2 Stationary Hospital contained a larger proportion of Canadians than the majority of Canadian units, of which from sixty to eighty per cent. claimed the British Isles as their place of birth. The officers were all Canadians. They were Lieut.-Colonel A. T. Shilling-ton, Major H. C. S. Elliott, Major F. N. McKelvey Bell, Capt. Chas. A. Young, Capt. Jas. H. Wood, Capt. M. S. Fisher, Hon. Capt. J. S. Walker, and Capt. W. J. Bentley.

At 3 a.m. on the morning of November 9th, 1914, by the dull glow of candles and misty lanterns, the work of packing up began. At 9 a.m. the lorries reached the camp of the unit. In a pouring rain they were quickly loaded with camp supplies and hospital necessities, and with forty tons of goods plowed their way over the rain-drenched road to the railway station. As the hospital unit marched out of camp envious groups lined the wayside cheering them on their journey and wishing them God-speed.

Night had fallen before the unit reached Southampton, their port of departure. The ship that was to carry the Canadians to France was waiting at the dock. She was a stately India liner, taken over by the Admiralty for transport purposes. All was bustle about the liner; horses and men of a British regiment were in course of embarkation when the Canadians arrived. But the loading was speedily done, and in a brief space of time No. 2 Stationary Hospital was all on board. The Commanding Officer of the regiment had gone to a nearby station to meet thirty-five nursing sisters who were to accompany the unit to France. He arrived at the ship just as she was about to cast off her lines, and with much chagrin announced that he would not be able to sail with the unit but would follow it by another boat. He had found the nursing sisters, but he had found also


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