Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 42

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5:30 pm have just had tea. A pint to wash

down some cake & chocolate. The drink was

most welcome. During the afternoon I have

contrived to bathe in bits and feel the

better for it. My men are doing splendidly.

They have a pretty hard time but keep most

cheery & hardly ever complain. They all say their

food is better than in England and one finds

the most cheerful remarks in their letters

when one censors them. The fellows work

like Trojans at times and the more they 

have to do the more willingly they

tackle it. They are very keen on the

Regiment and like to prove that they

are better than any other battalion. We had

a compliment paid us the other day when

one of the Divisional Staff came round. He

said to the co. "Well it's good to come

here, you fellows have had a rough

time but really yours is the only cheerful 

battalion I have visited since we left

England." But they are a good set

everything seems to make them laugh

& as they have come out to finish the

war (as they say) they don't mind what

orders come along. The exposure has

sent some of them sick but in most 

cases they are the men I expected to go

sick. The older men who joined

last March. I expect most of them will

come back in a week or so but one

or two will have to be found soft

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5:30 pm have just had tea. A pint to wash

down some cake & chocolate. The drink was

most welcome. During the afternoon I have

contrived to bathe in bits and feel the

better for it. My men are doing splendidly.

They have a pretty hard time but keep most

cheery & hardly ever complain. They all say their

food is better than in England and one finds

the most cheerful remarks in their letters

when one censors them. The fellows work

like Trojans at times and the more they 

have to do the more willingly they

tackle it. They are very keen on the

Regiment and like to prove that they

are better than any other battalion. We had

a compliment paid us the other day when

one of the Divisional Staff came round. He

said to the co. "Well it's good to come

here, you fellows have had a rough

time but really yours is the only cheerful 

battalion I have visited since we left

England." But they are a good set

everything seems to make them laugh

& as they have come out to finish the

war (as they say) they don't mind what

orders come along. The exposure has

sent some of them sick but in most 

cases they are the men I expected to go

sick. The older men who joined

last March. I expect most of them will

come back in a week or so but one

or two will have to be found soft


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  • December 7, 2018 15:46:38 Thomas A. Lingner

    5:30 pm have just had tea. A pint to wash

    down some cake & chocolate. The drink was

    most welcome. During the afternoon I have

    contrived to bathe in bits and feel the

    better for it. My men are doing splendidly.

    They have a pretty hard time but keep most

    cheery & hardly ever complain. They all say their

    food is better than in England and one finds

    the most cheerful remarks in their letters

    when one censors them. The fellows work

    like Trojans at times and the more they 

    have to do the more willingly they

    tackle it. They are very keen on the

    Regiment and like to prove that they

    are better than any other battalion. We had

    a compliment paid us the other day when

    one of the Divisional Staff came round. He

    said to the co. "Well it's good to come

    here, you fellows have had a rough

    time but really yours is the only cheerful 

    battalion I have visited since we left

    England." But they are a good set

    everything seems to make them laugh

    & as they have come out to finish the

    war (as they say) they don't mind what

    orders come along. The exposure has

    sent some of them sick but in most 

    cases they are the men I expected to go

    sick. The older men who joined

    last March. I expect most of them will

    come back in a week or so but one

    or two will have to be found soft

  • December 7, 2018 15:44:21 Thomas A. Lingner

    5:30 pm have just had tea. A pint to wash

    down some cake & chocolate. The drink was

    most welcome. During the afternoon I have

    contrived to bathe in bits and feel the

    better for it. My men are doing splendidly.

    They have a pretty hard time but keep most

    cheery & hardly ever complain. They all say their

    food is better than in England and one finds

    the most cheerful remarks in their letters

    when one censors them. The fellows work

    like Trojans at times and the more they 

    have to do the more willingly they

    tackle it. They are very keen on the

    Regiment and like to prove that they

    are better than any other battalion. We had

    a compliment paid us the other day when

    one of the Divisional Staff came round. He

    said so the co'


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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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Kate Ward
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March 16, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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