Aug 3 1916
A sad letter this week, for I have just seen the awful news of poor Wiggs’ death in the papers; I only saw it 2 days ago, the first time it was published in our papers out here. It’s impossible to express adequately one’s feelings on these occasions, – common enough alas! nowadays – and words are of so little use. I suppose poor Wiggs’ time had come; his luck did’nt hold, and indeed you want all your luck to see you through the fighting now going on; the best you can hope for is a wound, that is the biggest luck obtainable.
I have written to Ben, but I’m afraid it was a halting sort of letter, but it is so hard to write on these occasions. Poor Ben, my whole heart goes out to her – one of the best that ever lived – in her bereavement, and if anything I could say or do would give her one grain of comfort, it is hers and wholly hers. I feel I have’nt half expressed the depth of my sorrow, but it is deep enough, in all conscience. It is very much there, but it simply refuses to be framed in words.
I was in bed all day yesterday with fever following an inoculation, a new injection which inoculates against enteric, & para-typhoid A & B, 3 diseases all told, and so correspondingly strong. I think too it must have awakened some slumbering malaria germs, for I was clean knocked out, & felt just like I did that time I had malaria at home. However, I am out & about today as usual, though feeling rather a worm.
Persistent rain still every day. I am going to move out of this bungalow in a day or so, as Lyell wants to repaper & replaster my room. I am going into two tiny rooms in another house, but quite comfy enough for the present.
The English mail was due in today, but apparently rough weather at Bombay delayed things a bit, & we shan’t get it till tomorrow now, so I can’t answer any of your letters this week, unless perchance the mail leaves a day late, as sometimes happens, then I might.
Best love to all
from your loving son
I hope the last air-raid left you alone.
Wiggs was Cpt Ivan Provis Wentworth Bennett who was killed on the Somme, aged 25
Chapter from Swine Flu Expose by antivac campaigner Eleanora McBean – CHAPTER 3: ANTI-TYPHOID VACCINE CAUSES A WORSE DISEASE WHICH THE DOCTORS NAME PARATYPHOID
JAMA report on history of typhoid vaccines, 1943