Date: September 7, 1904 (2015)
Location: St. Georges Hospital, Bombay India
Situation: Released From Hospital and Departure
Sept. 25, 1900: Thugee armistice, recall from India and retirement.
April 30, 1903: Learns armistice broken by resurgent Thugee Army.
May 9, 1903: Recalled to duty in India to break the Thugees.
June 1903: Assumes command in Egypt as a ruse.
September 1903: Secretly departs Egypt for India.
Next four months: Assembles the Army.
Feb. 22, 1904 Gen. Pettygree Arrives at Tapi River Camp near Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Battle of Burhanpur.
Feb. 23, 1904: Skull fracture caused by sniper
Mar. 4, 1904: Arrived at St. George Hospital, Bombay, India
Sept. 7, 1904: Train Back To The Field Force
See Previous Chapter 75 here:
General Pettygree rallied at St. Georges Hospital, Bombay, India from the skull fracture caused by sniper fire six months earlier. On September 6th Commander In Chief, Lord Basingstoke, consulted with his doctor and the General afterwards.
Basingstoke: "Well Doctor? Is General Pettygree fit to return to duty as he claims?"
Dr. Watson: "I believe so Sir."
Basingstoke: "You believe so? What about the concussion, initial delirium and residual effects?
Basingstoke: "Then he must return to duty."
Basingstoke: "I trust without Mary?"
Pettygree: "Mary, my darling. There you are."
Basingstoke: "I'll take my leave now William and see you off in the morning. Good afternoon Mary."
September 7, 1904
Engine 1300 backed into Hospital Station at 7:01am.
Whilst passengers waited for boarding instructions.Basingstoke: "I don't suppose you will change your mind then?"
Pettygree: "No Alec. I'm sorry if it troubles you but...."
Pettygree: "Oh here is Mary."
Mary: "Good morning gentlemen. Alec, how good it is to see you again. William?"
Mary: "Dear is everything taken care of? Are you well?"
Pettygree: "Quite so. I was just explaining our decision to Alec."
Basingstoke: "Please excuse my intolerable liberty but this is ill advised. Mary, surely you must reconsider. Danger is exceptionally high right now. Later when things have...."
Mary: "During most of our marriage my husband has been away on campaign while I remained at Channelside House. There is a long history of wives following the Army. This time I will follow too."
Mary: "I almost lost him six months ago. It was quite a shock. There may be no tomorrows Alec. God alone knows how much time we have left together. We've decided to share every day possible. I will be a help - not a hindrance I assure you. "
Basingstoke: "I wish you both godspeed."
Work continued at the baggage carriage for a short time longer. Then....
At 8:42am, # 1300 departed Bombay for Delhi.
Soon passing into the countryside....
The General and Mary rode in comfort in a first class carriage. Several locals as was traditional in those days rode on top at their peril. Hours later....
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