Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 58

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& then I found some stables where I could

put all the men not on duty. They were

somewhat pleased even though they had 

been real cheerful all the day. We had a 

shelter for the officers & soon after 10am I

tried to go to sleep for an hour or two. It

was so cold in the hut, in spite of a

fire, that at 2am I went out for a walk.

I tried to sleep at 4 am & managed most of

an hour but just before six I made tea

with the quart of water which was all 

we had left. Fortunately the day was

fine & I soon felt as fresh as paint.

I had a good day & saw quite a lot of

interesting things. We expected being 

relieved from fire last night but

fortunately were not or it would have 

mean a night in the open. I didn't 

want to go as I had discovered two

fine huts each containing a real good

bed. Hall & I slept on one & got our boots 

off for the first time: since leaving the 

rest camp. The Bn was to have been

relieved to-day but that is off too

However I have to move as I am now

out of our area so I don't know what

will happen to us to-night. Last night's 

rest will carry me over though. We

are due for a rest & if it comes I'll 

be jolly glad. I have not had my clothes

off since the night of the 23rd & I have

not had a wash since the morning of

the 25th. Only enough water to drink. The life suits me however

& I am real A1. Expect you know 

all about the war but we don't - only

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& then I found some stables where I could

put all the men not on duty. They were

somewhat pleased even though they had 

been real cheerful all the day. We had a 

shelter for the officers & soon after 10am I

tried to go to sleep for an hour or two. It

was so cold in the hut, in spite of a

fire, that at 2am I went out for a walk.

I tried to sleep at 4 am & managed most of

an hour but just before six I made tea

with the quart of water which was all 

we had left. Fortunately the day was

fine & I soon felt as fresh as paint.

I had a good day & saw quite a lot of

interesting things. We expected being 

relieved from fire last night but

fortunately were not or it would have 

mean a night in the open. I didn't 

want to go as I had discovered two

fine huts each containing a real good

bed. Hall & I slept on one & got our boots 

off for the first time: since leaving the 

rest camp. The Bn was to have been

relieved to-day but that is off too

However I have to move as I am now

out of our area so I don't know what

will happen to us to-night. Last night's 

rest will carry me over though. We

are due for a rest & if it comes I'll 

be jolly glad. I have not had my clothes

off since the night of the 23rd & I have

not had a wash since the morning of

the 25th. Only enough water to drink. The life suits me however

& I am real A1. Expect you know 

all about the war but we don't - only


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  • December 7, 2018 20:27:42 Thomas A. Lingner

    & then I found some stables where I could

    put all the men not on duty. They were

    somewhat pleased even though they had 

    been real cheerful all the day. We had a 

    shelter for the officers & soon after 10am I

    tried to go to sleep for an hour or two. It

    was so cold in the hut, in spite of a

    fire, that at 2am I went out for a walk.

    I tried to sleep at 4 am & managed most of

    an hour but just before six I made tea

    with the quart of water which was all 

    we had left. Fortunately the day was

    fine & I soon felt as fresh as paint.

    I had a good day & saw quite a lot of

    interesting things. We expected being 

    relieved from fire last night but

    fortunately were not or it would have 

    mean a night in the open. I didn't 

    want to go as I had discovered two

    fine huts each containing a real good

    bed. Hall & I slept on one & got our boots 

    off for the first time: since leaving the 

    rest camp. The Bn was to have been

    relieved to-day but that is off too

    However I have to move as I am now

    out of our area so I don't know what

    will happen to us to-night. Last night's 

    rest will carry me over though. We

    are due for a rest & if it comes I'll 

    be jolly glad. I have not had my clothes

    off since the night of the 23rd & I have

    not had a wash since the morning of

    the 25th. Only enough water to drink. The life suits me however

    & I am real A1. Expect you know 

    all about the war but we don't - only

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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Contributor
Kate Ward
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March 28, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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