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Wednesday, 7 July 1915

7th July, 1015.

Senator Gardinerinforms me, further, that when he spoke to the Commandant in Chief that officer had not then seen the morning newspapers, and was therefore ignorant of the allegations having been made, so it was not possible for the camp to have been readied up for inspection. I wish .to read also the following letter which I have received from a parent of a man who has been in the camp. It is addressed from " Fennell's Bay. Toronto," and is dated " 2nd July, 1915. " The letter is as follows: -

Sib, - I read with much surprise of Mr. Orchard's allegations with regard to the treatment of soldiers at Liverpool Camp. My son, Private Ernest Watkins, A Company, 17th Battalion, was at Liverpool Camp for four months prior to his departure on 12th May for the front. On his visits home, and to my relatives who visited him, he spoke highly of the way men were treated at the camp. They were well fed, well treated, and had little to complain of. He made no complaints. The tents were rather crowded, but he knew this was unavoidable, and even it was improving. They had no beds, but plenty of blankets, which were, he considered, sufficient.

My son was dangerously ill in hospital for about a fortnight while at Liverpool, and was most grateful for the- care and attention he received from the doctors and nurses. He had a comfortable bed, and everything was satisfactory in every way.

My father was a soldier - QuartermasterSergeant Groves, of the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Buffs. He served in the Zulu war, and gained medals. I was with him as a child, and know a little of war's horrors, also of soldiers' life in barracks, so I can write from knowledge of both; and my son and his mates, I believe, told me the truth about life in camp.

You can' use this letter as evidence, if necessary. Trusting I have not taken too much of your valuable time,

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