WAR: Experiences on board

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I was interested in your article about the sinking of the hospital ship in 1918, (News Guardian, March 1).

I sailed in a hospital ship in 1942 through the Mediterranean, from Tripoli in Libya to Alexandria. Allied shipping was regularly attacked by German bombers and I wasn’t at all sure that our blazing lights were a good idea.

But, in fact, the only hazard was an infestation of cockroaches, which dropped in our bunks and turned up in our mugs of tea.

Keith Herdman

Whitley Bay