Three Australian officers at Gallipoli, identified from left to right: Lieutenant Roy Kernot of the 1st Division Engineers; Lieutenant Edward Stanley Whitehead of the 3rd Field Company Engineers and Lieutenant Louis Willyama Avery (later MM) of the 1st Division Engineers. The three friends were all associated with the Silverton Tramway Company in Broken Hill and survived the war.
Avery, Louis Williyama – February 1916
Tried very hard to walk a few steps with the help of 2 nurses. The legs just dont want to move. The pads of my feet & heels came off in bed& news one a are forming. Nice & pink.
Went for a medical board & Colonel Maudsley gave me a severe test. This is necessary so that only the unfit are sent back to Australia. I have been passed by the Board to return. Am walking quite well now, but very weak still.
Was discharged from No 1 General Hospital today & transferred to No 3 Auxiliary. This is for convalescent patients. My prospects of returning to Australia are not so bright now. A new Army order has been issued to the effect that no more enteric patients are to be sent back to Australia, provided there are no more germs in the blood. My blood tests have been negative which means that I am no longer a carrier. It will be a great disappointment if my return to Australia does not eventuate. However, these things are part of lifes incidents & time helps to soften the blow. One great compensation would be a transfer to England & this would speed up my complete recovery. This is too good even to entertain a slight hope.