Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 62

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from another battalion were tired before

they started the night owing to a 

longish march. You can imagine that

progress would be slow as the hours

went by. Poor beggars. I was sorry for

them but I had to get the work done

& for several solid hours I swore horribly.

  Working parties are unfortunately

essential in war but for all that they

are not pleasant. There is not the 

excitement of a fight & I don't think

that anyone feels particularly

comfortable digging & being unable to

do anything but grin & bear it & work

on. I slept a little better next day

& as only fifty of my men went out

last night I turned in again at 

midnight & slept until 8 am this

morning. There is no word of a rest

yet but we are getting old soldiers

& don't mind. My men are absolutely

top hole. They are rough diamonds

but they are real white men. The 

fellows who used to grumble in

England work possibly more

cheerfully than anyone else

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from another battalion were tired before

they started the night owing to a 

longish march. You can imagine that

progress would be slow as the hours

went by. Poor beggars. I was sorry for

them but I had to get the work done

& for several solid hours I swore horribly.

  Working parties are unfortunately

essential in war but for all that they

are not pleasant. There is not the 

excitement of a fight & I don't think

that anyone feels particularly

comfortable digging & being unable to

do anything but grin & bear it & work

on. I slept a little better next day

& as only fifty of my men went out

last night I turned in again at 

midnight & slept until 8 am this

morning. There is no word of a rest

yet but we are getting old soldiers

& don't mind. My men are absolutely

top hole. They are rough diamonds

but they are real white men. The 

fellows who used to grumble in

England work possibly more

cheerfully than anyone else


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  • December 6, 2018 20:34:20 Thomas A. Lingner

    from another battalion were tired before

    they started the night owing to a 

    longish march. You can imagine that

    progress would be slow as the hours

    went by. Poor beggars. I was sorry for

    them but I had to get the work done

    & for several solid hours I swore horribly.

      Working parties are unfortunately

    essential in war but for all that they

    are not pleasant. There is not the 

    excitement of a fight & I don't think

    that anyone feels particularly

    comfortable digging & being unable to

    do anything but grin & bear it & work

    on. I slept a little better next day

    & as only fifty of my men went out

    last night I turned in again at 

    midnight & slept until 8 am this

    morning. There is no word of a rest

    yet but we are getting old soldiers

    & don't mind. My men are absolutely

    top hole. They are rough diamonds

    but they are real white men. The 

    fellows who used to grumble in

    England work possibly more

    cheerfully than anyone else

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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Kate Ward
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March 31, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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