Montemaggorie Italy 1944 26th August.
My last segment dwelt upon the loss of Scott Coyle. I was quite upset with how his wound and evacuation was carried out. Many of his comrades were in a rage, most directed whether wrongly or rightly on the medical officer.
Our long time medical officer Capt Strashin had left to take a position more suited to his expertise.
The new medical officer came to the unit the next day 22nd August. Scott Coyle was wounded an died 26th August. None of our surviving comrades remember the new medical officer by name so we will leave him nameless. This officer did not stay long with the unit.
I almost forgot that after the barrage fired at 23.59 hours 25th August two 48th Highlander privates came into our command post, I think possibly three AM or so. Both were wounded and one had a piece of a shell go through his foot between heel and ball of his foot.
We cut his boot off and found his foot did not look very good. I put a shell dressing on his foot and did not do a good job as Vic Bennet, took it off and did a super job of treating this man. I did not put enough pressure on the wound and could not stop the bleeding. Vic rectified that in a hurry.
The other private said he was hit in the hip so we said down with your drawers so we can see how bad it is. It looked like a small puncture in his hip with really only a trace of bleeding. Now how to put a shell dressing on a hinder was a task for Vic Bennet who rose to the occasion.
Both men bandaged we enquired what part of town they had been in when hit.
Their story was when the 48th moved out to cross the river they were in the town looking for vino and made no effort to join their comrades. While talking to them the fellow with the hip wound keeled over. We revived him and about then an ambulance took both men away.
The follow up on this happened in October, in fact the 26th of October. I had 48 hours at the rest center called the Albergo Grande in Riccione.
Here I met some 48th Highlanders and asked about the two privates that we had treated in August. I said I guess the chap with the terrible foot wound will be in England? They said no but the chap with the buttock wound is in England war over for him. I said how is that? They informed me that the puncture in the buttocks that a piece of shell had glanced off the pelvis and went up and sliced off part of his kidney and they said, the information that they received he is lucky to be alive. So you never really knew the extent of even the most superficial wound, serious or not .