Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 125

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The gardens in our village are 

looking quite gay in places for

they are decked out with daffodils

primroses daisies &c. Unfortunately

the houses fell on parts of the

gardens so the effect is somewhat

spoiled. The gooseberry & currant

bushes are full of blossom but

I don't think we shall get any

pies just yet. We are having

stewed rhubarb for dinner to-night

& most nights for the last three

weeks we have had potatoes &

greens. Our cook can manage the 

greens very well & I am sure

we are all better for the addition

to the rations. Last night our

cook surprised us with a large

bread pudding so you see we

are living in the greatest luxury.

  It is very pleasant to see

all the countryside becoming

more & more green each day. The

right side

villages, though, do not fill one

with pleasant thoughts. In this

one there is not a single house

or shed left standing. Most of 

my men are in shelters which 

they have built whilst we

live in a cellar again. It is

quite a pleasant cellar for it 

is light & airy during the day

and also - strange to say - its 

chief attraction is that it is

lovely & cool. Fancy delighting 

in the possession of a cool home

a few days ago I would have

given much to have found a

really warm place to rest in.

It was not through kindness 

that the Boche left us this home.

He intended it to go up with 

the rest of the village but for

some reason the explosive did

not go off. It was carefully 

removed & so for once we had

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left side

The gardens in our village are 

looking quite gay in places for

they are decked out with daffodils

primroses daisies &c. Unfortunately

the houses fell on parts of the

gardens so the effect is somewhat

spoiled. The gooseberry & currant

bushes are full of blossom but

I don't think we shall get any

pies just yet. We are having

stewed rhubarb for dinner to-night

& most nights for the last three

weeks we have had potatoes &

greens. Our cook can manage the 

greens very well & I am sure

we are all better for the addition

to the rations. Last night our

cook surprised us with a large

bread pudding so you see we

are living in the greatest luxury.

  It is very pleasant to see

all the countryside becoming

more & more green each day. The

right side

villages, though, do not fill one

with pleasant thoughts. In this

one there is not a single house

or shed left standing. Most of 

my men are in shelters which 

they have built whilst we

live in a cellar again. It is

quite a pleasant cellar for it 

is light & airy during the day

and also - strange to say - its 

chief attraction is that it is

lovely & cool. Fancy delighting 

in the possession of a cool home

a few days ago I would have

given much to have found a

really warm place to rest in.

It was not through kindness 

that the Boche left us this home.

He intended it to go up with 

the rest of the village but for

some reason the explosive did

not go off. It was carefully 

removed & so for once we had


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  • December 10, 2018 19:27:44 Thomas A. Lingner

    left side

    The gardens in our village are 

    looking quite gay in places for

    they are decked out with daffodils

    primroses daisies &c. Unfortunately

    the houses fell on parts of the

    gardens so the effect is somewhat

    spoiled. The gooseberry & currant

    bushes are full of blossom but

    I don't think we shall get any

    pies just yet. We are having

    stewed rhubarb for dinner to-night

    & most nights for the last three

    weeks we have had potatoes &

    greens. Our cook can manage the 

    greens very well & I am sure

    we are all better for the addition

    to the rations. Last night our

    cook surprised us with a large

    bread pudding so you see we

    are living in the greatest luxury.

      It is very pleasant to see

    all the countryside becoming

    more & more green each day. The

    right side

    villages, though, do not fill one

    with pleasant thoughts. In this

    one there is not a single house

    or shed left standing. Most of 

    my men are in shelters which 

    they have built whilst we

    live in a cellar again. It is

    quite a pleasant cellar for it 

    is light & airy during the day

    and also - strange to say - its 

    chief attraction is that it is

    lovely & cool. Fancy delighting 

    in the possession of a cool home

    a few days ago I would have

    given much to have found a

    really warm place to rest in.

    It was not through kindness 

    that the Boche left us this home.

    He intended it to go up with 

    the rest of the village but for

    some reason the explosive did

    not go off. It was carefully 

    removed & so for once we had

  • December 10, 2018 19:27:23 Thomas A. Lingner

    left side

    The gardens in our village are 

    looking quite gay in places for

    they are decked out with daffodils

    primroses daisies &c. Unfortunately

    the houses fell on parts of the

    gardens so the effect is somewhat

    spoiled. The gooseberry & currant

    bushes are full of blossom but

    I don't think we shall get any

    pies just yet. We are having

    stewed rhubarb for dinner to-night

    & most nights for the last three

    weeks we have had potatoes &

    greens. Our cook can manage the 

    greens very well & I am sure

    we are all better for the addition

    to the rations. Last night our

    cook surprised us with a large

    bread pudding so you see we

    are living in the greatest luxury.

      It is very pleasant to see

    all the countryside becoming

    more & more green each day. The

    right side

    villages, though, do not fill one

    with pleasant thoughts. In this

    one there is not a single house

    or shed left standing. Most of 

    my men are in shelters which 

    they have built whilst we

    live in a cellar again. It is

    quite a pleasant cellar for it 

    is light & airy during the day

    and also - strange to say - its 

    chief attraction is that it is

    lovely & cool. Fancy delighting 

    in the possession of a cool home

    a few days ago I would have

    given much to have found a

    really warm place to rest in.

    It was not through kindness 

    that the Boche left us this home.

    He intended it to go up with 

    the rest of the village but for

    some reason the explosive did

    not go off. It was carefully 

    removed & so for once we had


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Kate Ward
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May 4, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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