Christmas Day Postcard from Joseph Mahon, item 6

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(2)

However I was not fated to be a soldier 

just then, it being out they only wanted 

the best, it was a case of the survival 

of the fittest, the weakest went to the wall, 

but I did'nt go to the wall, no, I was 

out of a job, so I looked round, and in 

the course of a week or two I got one, 

and a good one at that, I should say 

the best I ever had. That was in 

December '14. so I was in luck for Xmas. 

Anyhow I settled down to work, and 

Xmas New Year came + passed, a dark 

+ anxious time for everyone. That great 

+ marvellous retreat from Mons had 

taken place, and we had made our 

famous stand on the Marne, the

year had turned, and January crept 

into February, March etc up to Sept '15

before I offered presented ...The word "presented" was added supralinearly above "offered" after the former was struck. myself again at the 

recruiting Offices. Mind you, during 

the aforementioned Months which was 

nothing else but a series of Recruiting Meetings, March, I was pulled 

up repeatedly and asked to join 

up, and after when I refused otrred

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(2)

However I was not fated to be a soldier 

just then, it being out they only wanted 

the best, it was a case of the survival 

of the fittest, the weakest went to the wall, 

but I did'nt go to the wall, no, I was 

out of a job, so I looked round, and in 

the course of a week or two I got one, 

and a good one at that, I should say 

the best I ever had. That was in 

December '14. so I was in luck for Xmas. 

Anyhow I settled down to work, and 

Xmas New Year came + passed, a dark 

+ anxious time for everyone. That great 

+ marvellous retreat from Mons had 

taken place, and we had made our 

famous stand on the Marne, the

year had turned, and January crept 

into February, March etc up to Sept '15

before I offered presented ...The word "presented" was added supralinearly above "offered" after the former was struck. myself again at the 

recruiting Offices. Mind you, during 

the aforementioned Months which was 

nothing else but a series of Recruiting Meetings, March, I was pulled 

up repeatedly and asked to join 

up, and after when I refused otrred


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  • December 19, 2016 15:07:58 Paul Broyles

    (2)

    However I was not fated to be a soldier 

    just then, it being out they only wanted 

    the best, it was a case of the survival 

    of the fittest, the weakest went to the wall, 

    but I did'nt go to the wall, no, I was 

    out of a job, so I looked round, and in 

    the course of a week or two I got one, 

    and a good one at that, I should say 

    the best I ever had. That was in 

    December '14. so I was in luck for Xmas. 

    Anyhow I settled down to work, and 

    Xmas New Year came + passed, a dark 

    + anxious time for everyone. That great 

    + marvellous retreat from Mons had 

    taken place, and we had made our 

    famous stand on the Marne, the

    year had turned, and January crept 

    into February, March etc up to Sept '15

    before I offered presented ...The word "presented" was added supralinearly above "offered" after the former was struck. myself again at the 

    recruiting Offices. Mind you, during 

    the aforementioned Months which was 

    nothing else but a series of Recruiting Meetings, March, I was pulled 

    up repeatedly and asked to join 

    up, and after when I refused otrred


  • December 15, 2016 19:46:13 Paul Broyles

    However I was not fated to be a soldier 

    just then, it being out they only wanted 

    the best, it was a case of the survival 

    of the fittest, the weakest went to the wall, 

    but I did'nt go to the wall, no, I was 

    out of a job, so I looked round, and in 

    the course of a week or two I got one, 

    and a good one at that, I should say 

    the best I ever had. That was in 

    December '14. so I was in luck for Xmas. 

    Anyhow I settled down to work, and 

    Xmas New Year came + passed, a dark 

    + anxious time for everyone. That great 

    + marvellous retreat from Mons had 

    taken place, and we had made our 

    famous stand on the Marne, the

    year had turned, and January crept 

    into February, March etc up to Sept '15

    before I offered presented ...The word "presented" was added supralinearly above "offered" after the former was struck. myself again at the 

    recruiting Offices. Mind you, during 

    the aforementioned Months which was 

    nothing else but a series of Recruiting Meetings, March, I was pulled 

    up repeatedly and asked to join 

    up, and after when I refused otrred


  • December 15, 2016 19:43:02 Paul Broyles

    However I was not fated to be a soldier 

    just then, it being out they only wanted 

    the best, it was a case of the survival 

    of the fittest, the weakest went to the wall, 

    but I did'nt go to the wall, no, I was 

    out of a job, so I looked round, and in 

    the course of a week or two I got one, 

    and a good one at that, I should say 

    the best I ever had. That was in 

    December '14. so I was in luck for Xmas. 

    Anyhow I settled down to work, and 

    Xmas New Year came + passed, a dark 

    + anxious time for everyone. That great 

    + marvellous retreat from Mons had 

    taken place, and we had made our 

    famous stand on the Marne, the

    year had turned, and I 


  • December 15, 2016 19:40:50 Paul Broyles

    However I was not fated to be a soldier 

    just then, it being out they only wanted 

    the best, it was a case of the survival 

    of the fittest, the weakest went to the wall, 

    but I did'nt go to the wall, no, I was 

    out of a job, so I looked round, and in 

    the course of a week or two I got one, 

    and a good one at that, I should say 

    the best I ever had. That was in 

    December '14. so I was in luck for Xmas. 

    Anyhow I settled down to work, and 

    Xmas New Year came + passed, a dark 

    + anxious time for everyone. That great 

    + marvellous retreat from Mons had 

    taken place, and we had made our 

    famous stand 


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    Mons

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    Salonika

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Source
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Contributor
Denys Mahon
License
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