Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 41

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I'll draw a plan for you


Drawing of living quarters in the shape of a capital letter I. central space is seven by twelve feet, with a stove near the entrance and beds in alcoves on the four corners.


We have a few tons of steel, wood & earth on top 

to keep the Boche shells from disturbing us

and in the room we have numerous shelves, a

table, AN EASY CHAIR, 3 dining chairs and a 

stool. All the walls are covered with wood, as

is also the ceiling. The stove keeps us warm

and cosy. Our table cloth consists of a sandbag

cut open and it does not require washing.

By day we usually manage with one candle

but when it is dark we burn three at a time.

Sometimes our stove smokes and the dug out

is soon filled. However it soon clears & we

are no worse for the cough we had. I found

my wire netting bed rather hard at first

but now it seems very comfy & I don't 

feel the wire on my hip. I sleep like a 

top & wake like a giant refreshed. Our

orderlies are doing well in the way of meals

and of course there is little else for them 

to see to. It seems an age since I had

my buttons cleaned & my equipment nicely

polished. Still I don't think any of us 

look too bad, you wouldn't mind having

us in to tea. Occasionally it is difficult

to get either a wash or a shave & then

of course we are not nearly so pretty. The

mud appears to disappear (when it dries) without

the aid of a brush so I expect there is a 

fair amount of dust in the clothes.


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I'll draw a plan for you


Drawing of living quarters in the shape of a capital letter I. central space is seven by twelve feet, with a stove near the entrance and beds in alcoves on the four corners.


We have a few tons of steel, wood & earth on top 

to keep the Boche shells from disturbing us

and in the room we have numerous shelves, a

table, AN EASY CHAIR, 3 dining chairs and a 

stool. All the walls are covered with wood, as

is also the ceiling. The stove keeps us warm

and cosy. Our table cloth consists of a sandbag

cut open and it does not require washing.

By day we usually manage with one candle

but when it is dark we burn three at a time.

Sometimes our stove smokes and the dug out

is soon filled. However it soon clears & we

are no worse for the cough we had. I found

my wire netting bed rather hard at first

but now it seems very comfy & I don't 

feel the wire on my hip. I sleep like a 

top & wake like a giant refreshed. Our

orderlies are doing well in the way of meals

and of course there is little else for them 

to see to. It seems an age since I had

my buttons cleaned & my equipment nicely

polished. Still I don't think any of us 

look too bad, you wouldn't mind having

us in to tea. Occasionally it is difficult

to get either a wash or a shave & then

of course we are not nearly so pretty. The

mud appears to disappear (when it dries) without

the aid of a brush so I expect there is a 

fair amount of dust in the clothes.



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  • December 7, 2018 15:40:10 Thomas A. Lingner

    I'll draw a plan for you


    Drawing of living quarters in the shape of a capital letter I. central space is seven by twelve feet, with a stove near the entrance and beds in alcoves on the four corners.


    We have a few tons of steel, wood & earth on top 

    to keep the Boche shells from disturbing us

    and in the room we have numerous shelves, a

    table, AN EASY CHAIR, 3 dining chairs and a 

    stool. All the walls are covered with wood, as

    is also the ceiling. The stove keeps us warm

    and cosy. Our table cloth consists of a sandbag

    cut open and it does not require washing.

    By day we usually manage with one candle

    but when it is dark we burn three at a time.

    Sometimes our stove smokes and the dug out

    is soon filled. However it soon clears & we

    are no worse for the cough we had. I found

    my wire netting bed rather hard at first

    but now it seems very comfy & I don't 

    feel the wire on my hip. I sleep like a 

    top & wake like a giant refreshed. Our

    orderlies are doing well in the way of meals

    and of course there is little else for them 

    to see to. It seems an age since I had

    my buttons cleaned & my equipment nicely

    polished. Still I don't think any of us 

    look too bad, you wouldn't mind having

    us in to tea. Occasionally it is difficult

    to get either a wash or a shave & then

    of course we are not nearly so pretty. The

    mud appears to disappear (when it dries) without

    the aid of a brush so I expect there is a 

    fair amount of dust in the clothes.


  • December 7, 2018 15:21:11 Thomas A. Lingner

    I'll draw a plan for you


    Drawing of living quarters in the shape of a capital letter I. central space is seven by twelve feet, with a stove near the entrance and beds in alcoves on the four corners.


    We have a few tons of steel, wood & earth on top 



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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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5037 / 56283
Source
http://europeana1914-1918.eu/...
Contributor
Kate Ward
License
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March 16, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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