I have Nile boils…

July 19 1919
Port Tewfik

My dear old Elsie
Im afraid I have missed writing to you the last two weeks but since I have been back from Cairo I have been seedy with what we call Nile boils and have felt so depressed that lve written no letters. I cant describe quite what Nile boils are like – they are sort of sceptic [sic] sores – nasty hard things the size of a pigeons egg. I thought I should have to spoil my record and go into Hospital but the medical orderly here has made hot fomentations almost hourly for me and I am now practically fit again. I suppose my blood is a bit wrong but after 5 years in the East  that is not to be wondered at.

I have been back with the Regiment about 10 days now and was very glad to return. The Court of Inquiry was really a “wash out” in the end – the last 2 days were given over to the Barristers on either side to make their summing up speeches. Our man gave his address quite well and the day following the Native Barrister was billed to give his address – the Court assembled in due course but the Native Banister failed to appear & so the Court simply closed – the native wrote to say he had a more pressing engagement. It only shows how futile the whole thing was. I believe the Military Authorities are now going to take action for perjury against some of the native witnesses. What worries me and annoys me so is that this possibly will mean that lve got to stay in this rotten country until these new proceedings are over – however I try to keep cheerful in spite of Nile Boils.

The night before I left Cairo they had a great victory dinner and dance at Shepheards. Urwick and I went of course and it was really a very wonderful show. I’ll enclose the dinner menu if I can find it. The dancing was extraordinary and quite frightened me. We didnt dance at all – in fact Im sure I could not possibly do these funny new Jazz steps – the attitudes of the dancers were so intricate and looked more like a perpetual cuddle than anything else – as the old lady in Punch said “I hope they really love one another”. The Peace celebrations here on July 14th/15th were quite a success and the men had a good time The French people who are very influential here gave a sort of carnival but I wasnt well enough to go. Todays mail brought 2 letters from you June 28th and July 7th. also a lovely Tatler – Many thanks dear girl lve been reading the Tatler this afternoon & have enjoyed it – I think Eve and Silent Friends better than ever.

The mail also brought news of the birth of my god son – the Milsoms baby – everything going well thank goodness – but strange to say the kiddie was born on July 3rd. which is the same day the one that died in India was born! News from home continues good – I fancy Greta is there now – Marco West1 has been staying at Elm Grove. Taunton seems to be waking up and is quite gay with tennis and dances. Muriel Wrenn was married on July 10th. – quite a big affair I believe’2 -I must turn in now into my little camp bed. It is very very hot here now, quite the worst time of the year

Cheerio dear girl – with best love

from Stan

1 Female friend of ‘the Babe’.
2 Muriel Wrenn, the eldest daughter of Alderman W A Wrenn, had performed in the pre-war Taunton Operatic Society. She was married to Mr Arthur Walker of Liverpool at St Mary’s Church, Taunton.

Next letter 8th August 2019

These letters have been published as
Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
Twiga Books, ISBN 978 09528625 2 9 £9.50 + p&p
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