Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 69

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A

Somewhere in France

6/4/17

My Own Darling Wife,

  Think I shall be able to get a letter off

to-night so here's to write it at present I am

sitting on the barrel rest in my cellar and

feeling grateful for the shelter & the comfortable

warmth of the stove that we have installed.

This village is in some respects worse than

ever, but it is a jolly sight better than being 

out under a hedge or even lying in the open 

with no shelter at all. The Boche has peppered the

place pretty well since we came in so we 

have covered the cellar with a large quantity of bricks

mortar, soil, beams, iron &etc. - partly by pushing 

over the walls of the house & partly by carrying

stuff from what was next door. The place is

now safe except from a direct hit from a 

really large shell & we should be very

poorly used if such an unlikely event 

were to occur. We pushed up here a day

or two ago and have not had too bad

a time. It was awfully warm for we were in

full bit - however it was cold enough

later on. Sorry I had to leave this

yesterday & now I must finish off

in a hurry as letters are going

back in a few minutes. Hope you

are all fit & well. I am as fit as

ever & going strong. Don't know when

we are to have a rest but I shall

have not had my clothes off since

the 23rd. I am afraid this is a scribble

but I'll try & write later as I expect to be

up rather late

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A

Somewhere in France

6/4/17

My Own Darling Wife,

  Think I shall be able to get a letter off

to-night so here's to write it at present I am

sitting on the barrel rest in my cellar and

feeling grateful for the shelter & the comfortable

warmth of the stove that we have installed.

This village is in some respects worse than

ever, but it is a jolly sight better than being 

out under a hedge or even lying in the open 

with no shelter at all. The Boche has peppered the

place pretty well since we came in so we 

have covered the cellar with a large quantity of bricks

mortar, soil, beams, iron &etc. - partly by pushing 

over the walls of the house & partly by carrying

stuff from what was next door. The place is

now safe except from a direct hit from a 

really large shell & we should be very

poorly used if such an unlikely event 

were to occur. We pushed up here a day

or two ago and have not had too bad

a time. It was awfully warm for we were in

full bit - however it was cold enough

later on. Sorry I had to leave this

yesterday & now I must finish off

in a hurry as letters are going

back in a few minutes. Hope you

are all fit & well. I am as fit as

ever & going strong. Don't know when

we are to have a rest but I shall

have not had my clothes off since

the 23rd. I am afraid this is a scribble

but I'll try & write later as I expect to be

up rather late


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  • December 7, 2018 21:33:51 Thomas A. Lingner

    A

    Somewhere in France

    6/4/17

    My Own Darling Wife,

      Think I shall be able to get a letter off

    to-night so here's to write it at present I am

    sitting on the barrel rest in my cellar and

    feeling grateful for the shelter & the comfortable

    warmth of the stove that we have installed.

    This village is in some respects worse than

    ever, but it is a jolly sight better than being 

    out under a hedge or even lying in the open 

    with no shelter at all. The Boche has peppered the

    place pretty well since we came in so we 

    have covered the cellar with a large quantity of bricks

    mortar, soil, beams, iron &etc. - partly by pushing 

    over the walls of the house & partly by carrying

    stuff from what was next door. The place is

    now safe except from a direct hit from a 

    really large shell & we should be very

    poorly used if such an unlikely event 

    were to occur. We pushed up here a day

    or two ago and have not had too bad

    a time. It was awfully warm for we were in

    full bit - however it was cold enough

    later on. Sorry I had to leave this

    yesterday & now I must finish off

    in a hurry as letters are going

    back in a few minutes. Hope you

    are all fit & well. I am as fit as

    ever & going strong. Don't know when

    we are to have a rest but I shall

    have not had my clothes off since

    the 23rd. I am afraid this is a scribble

    but I'll try & write later as I expect to be

    up rather late

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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5037 / 56437
Source
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Contributor
Kate Ward
License
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April 6, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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