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Letter from Gertrude Bell to her father, Sir Hugh Bell

Letter from Gertrude Bell to her father Hugh Bell, estimated to have been written in March 1915.

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Bell, Sir Thomas Hugh Lowthian
Bell, Gertrude Margaret Lowthian
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Lawley, Arthur
Malcolm, Ian
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1 letter, paper

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Boulogne Tuesday Dearest Father. Mr Malcolm went to London today and I gave him a telegram to send to you, subject to the acceptance of the motor by the RAMC. Sir Arthur Lawley  wrote at once to Rouen at my request and heard form the RAMC that they considered one motor enough for our office there but that the one we had was not suitable, being of too high power. Mr Malcolm seems to think that that one is to be withdrawn and replaced by yours which would be exactly right. I am most dreadfully sorry to give you so much trouble and to have been so uncertain but you see I didn't know that the whole think had not been decided when I spoke to you and no one had given me any warning as the the intervention of the RAMC in the matter.
The hospitals are full here. We've had the biggest battle in which the British army has ever been engaged, do you realize? and so far the result of it is Neuve Chapelle - important, no doubt, but the price has been colossal - 18000 to 20000 casualties I hear and about 700 officers. The cases coming into hospital now are the worst that have been known since the war began - men shattered, come here to die. But many to recover even so. Miss Douglas Pennant, who is working in my office - her brother was killed. I had to tell her, lest she should hear it casually. She is very brave - I like her so much. She will stay with me I think. She is taking Tiger's place now, and when Mr Lubbock goes she will take his, or Tiger will take it. She works very hard. We are having a heavy time. We never seem to get through and the day's work isn't ended in the day but rolls up for tomorrow. Hence my insufficiency as a letter writer.

Please thank Mother for her letter and bless you both. Your affectionate daughter Gertrude

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