Private Papers of Lieutenant Colonel F C O'Rorke CMG
Microfilm copy of an ms diary (90pp) written during his service with the Army Veterinary Corps on the Western Front, 1914 - 1919, initially as Executive Veterinary Officer at Le Havre and later as Chief Veterinary Officer at III Corps Headquarters, describing his original appointment as the officer in charge of disembarking horses from the transport ships at Havre and examining and passing horses when fit, and then as Executive Veterinary Officer where he describes his responsibility for retaining injured or sick horses until they were well enough to be dispatched to their units, and the disposal of dead horses, while referring to disorganisation including the lack of water troughs and rations, the quality of the animals, his travels around units inspecting the condition of horses, experiments concerning the effects of chlorine gas on horses, and providing a brief resume of his postings up until the end of the war, including a visit to Cologne in 1919.
This microfilm reel is labelled as a duplicate negative reading copy
Military conflict took place during every year of the 20th Century. There were only short periods of time that the world was free of war. The total number of deaths caused by war during the 20th Century has been estimated at 187 million and is probably higher.