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THE KING'S KINDNESS

TALK WITH GERMAN WOUNDED. There n-as a charming personal touch in the King's talk with wounded Germans .-it. Net lev Hospital. He had set out to visit our own wounded in Netley Hospital The Royal train reached Netley just before 2 in the afternoon, and in the ordinary course of events it would have proceeded direct to the private station erected for the reception of patients at the rear of the hospital. On this occasion, however, tha station was occupied by an ambulance train, which had brought a number ot wounded German .soldiers from Southampton Docks, where they had been landed in the. morning. When it was seen that t-hn Royal train would be delayed owing to the fact, that there was only a single- Una of track to the hospital, the officials became somewhat worried, and there wero hurried explanation*. On Hits Majesty being informed of the cause of the delay. however, he at once «ave instiructions that under no consideration was the removal of the wounded Germans to be hurried in order to meet his convenience. The Royal train was therefore delayed about a quarter of an hour, whilst the Medical Corps completed their task. The King, who was accompanied by the Queen and Princess .Mary, made an extensive tour of the hospitaJ, not only visiting the wounded, but also the sick soldiers who had been obliged to corns home from the front. There was a kind word and a smile for all of them. Afterwards their Majesties requested to rw taken to that part of the hospital whore the wounded Germans were placed, and ho spent eome time in passing from bed 10 bed. He converged with them in their own language, but one of the German officers, who' spoke English very well, replied to His Majesty in J-he English tongue, and thanked him for the kivd words he had spoken to his fellow-coun-trymen. "We will not forget your kindness," he raid, as the King bade- them farewell.

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THE KING'S KINDNESS, Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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THE KING'S KINDNESS Issue 15634, 27 October 1914

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