Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 521

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by close billeting we got the men in & settled

down for the afternoon & evening. Billets by

the way mean barns & stables or anything

with a roof to it - never by any chance

a room in a house. Ninety-nine percent

of our billets are like this & the barns are

as a rule such as an English farmer would

refuse to own. A place like Langwith

would be hailed with delight & were we

lucky enough to strike a farm like it we

should get in about four hundred men

fairly easily. The officers are better off as a

rule & most of them get beds. We are at a

large farm to-night & three of us are sleeping

here & the HdQrs mess is here also. My 

bed looks very nice - has a good spring

& clean sheets. Since tea I have had

my hair cut, had a hot bath & change

so you see I am getting ready for

the trenches again. We have been out

of touch with news for some days but

to-day - by chance - I saw the Daily Mail

of yesterday & I see the rain & mud has 

not been able to stop another advance

on the ridges. The men who sent over

must have had a devil of a time

but they evidently did very well. Good

luck to them. As letters are not

available I have had no further news

of the CO &c. though I hear that

Fox & Gale were "honoured" by

having their photographs in the

"Sunday Pictorial" last Sunday. I didn't

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by close billeting we got the men in & settled

down for the afternoon & evening. Billets by

the way mean barns & stables or anything

with a roof to it - never by any chance

a room in a house. Ninety-nine percent

of our billets are like this & the barns are

as a rule such as an English farmer would

refuse to own. A place like Langwith

would be hailed with delight & were we

lucky enough to strike a farm like it we

should get in about four hundred men

fairly easily. The officers are better off as a

rule & most of them get beds. We are at a

large farm to-night & three of us are sleeping

here & the HdQrs mess is here also. My 

bed looks very nice - has a good spring

& clean sheets. Since tea I have had

my hair cut, had a hot bath & change

so you see I am getting ready for

the trenches again. We have been out

of touch with news for some days but

to-day - by chance - I saw the Daily Mail

of yesterday & I see the rain & mud has 

not been able to stop another advance

on the ridges. The men who sent over

must have had a devil of a time

but they evidently did very well. Good

luck to them. As letters are not

available I have had no further news

of the CO &c. though I hear that

Fox & Gale were "honoured" by

having their photographs in the

"Sunday Pictorial" last Sunday. I didn't


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  • January 9, 2019 11:44:32 Stella Watkin

    by close billeting we got the men in & settled

    down for the afternoon & evening. Billets by

    the way mean barns & stables or anything

    with a roof to it - never by any chance

    a room in a house. Ninety-nine percent

    of our billets are like this & the barns are

    as a rule such as an English farmer would

    refuse to own. A place like Langwith

    would be hailed with delight & were we

    lucky enough to strike a farm like it we

    should get in about four hundred men

    fairly easily. The officers are better off as a

    rule & most of them get beds. We are at a

    large farm to-night & three of us are sleeping

    here & the HdQrs mess is here also. My 

    bed looks very nice - has a good spring

    & clean sheets. Since tea I have had

    my hair cut, had a hot bath & change

    so you see I am getting ready for

    the trenches again. We have been out

    of touch with news for some days but

    to-day - by chance - I saw the Daily Mail

    of yesterday & I see the rain & mud has 

    not been able to stop another advance

    on the ridges. The men who sent over

    must have had a devil of a time

    but they evidently did very well. Good

    luck to them. As letters are not

    available I have had no further news

    of the CO &c. though I hear that

    Fox & Gale were "honoured" by

    having their photographs in the

    "Sunday Pictorial" last Sunday. I didn't

  • December 28, 2018 14:28:23 Thomas A. Lingner

    by close billeting we got the men in & settled

    down for the afternoon & evening. Billets by

    the way mean barns & stables or anything

    with a roof to it - never by any chance

    a room in a house. Ninety-nine percent

    of our billets are like this & the barns are

    as a rule such as an English farmer would

    refuse to own. A place like Langwith

    would be hailed with delight & were we

    lucky enough to strike a farm like it we

    should get in about four hundred men

    fairly easily. The officers are better off as a

    rule & most of them get beds. We are at a

    large farm to-night & three of us are sleeping

    here & the HdQrs mess is here also. My 

    bed looks very nice - has a good spring

    & clean sheets. Since tea I have had

    my hair cut, had a hot bath & change

    so you see I am getting ready for

    the trenches again. We have been out

    of touch with news for some days but

    to-day - by chance - I saw the Daily Mail

    of yesterday & I see the rain & mud has 

    not been able to stop another advance

    on the ridges. The men who sent over

    must have had a devil of a time

    but they evidently did very well. Good

    luck to them. As letters are not

    available I have had no further news

    of the CO &c. though I hear that

    Fox & Gale were "honoured" by

    having their photographs in the

    "Sunday Pastorial" last Sunday. I didn't


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Kate Ward
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October 11, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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