Posted 28 October 2011 - 09:43 PM
Not really helpful to you but giving a brief idea of the location is Knott's account from IWM/NA - he was with a 10th Div F.Amb (32nd) in Latron in early December - whether it's where you're grandfather was treated is of course impossible to know - his report might help shed some light?
Thurs Dec 6th At 9.30 a.m. we continued our journey passing through Latrone. At the entrance to the village we witnessed a very Eastern scene namely the drawing of water by the women. They were attired in robes of every colour, as usual discussing in loud and rapid speech who was the first there, etc. The earthenware jars were balanced on their heads if they did not possess a donkey. Most of the male inhabitants were of the Bedouins type with their long robes of goatskin and peculiar headgear. At five miles beyond this village we camped in a fertile valley on either side the hills gently slope and here and there villages are discernible when the sun rays catch them but in dull weather look like huge rocks so similar is the colour to the landscape. Here we pitched our hospital in the centre of the valley while B section went 2 miles in advance to form a dressing station. The night again brought rain, it seems as though this is a rain season as the clouds hang low and heavy almost continuously.
Fri Dec 7th We have indeed alighted on strong ground, the whole valley has been cultivated and stones are scattered everywhere. The thorns spoken of are also present which makes the parable of the sower very realistic.
Sat Dec 8th This morning five civilians were taken prisoners for standing on the housetop directing Turkish artillery on B section station! On the other hand there was a man and his sister wounded by the Turks for refusing to give them food. This evening I climbed the hill lying west of us, and had a beautiful view for miles round even into Ramleh and Jaffa. I also found some caves no doubt originally occupied by robbers; they were some fifteen feet down to the entrance, the passage consisting of huge stones forming steps. The evacuation itself is a huge place, but we did not venture in too far in case of accidents!