Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 587

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3/12/17

My Own Darling,

  Once more I am writing from a

deep dug out as it is the most comfortable

place we possess for the time being. I have

just had a good wash & shave & feel very

fit & well - except that my feet are cold &

I have no fire to warm them by. That will be

altered presently for I have a squad of men

busy building a place for a mess. The roof

is highly furnished & the stove is in position

so I hope to move there before long. I look like

having a slack time for these days for I am

one of two company commanders who are remaining

behind for this tour of duty. It means a little

less discomfort but on the whole I think I

prefer being in with the Bn. We are not

quite such a family party as we used to be.

We work for the same end - the officers of

the battalion - but go by other ways & means.

The art of making other people efficient is by

being disagreeable to them - it may have

the desired effect but I think that the

effect is less permanent than one could get

in other ways. I haven't seen anyone from

the Bde Staff for several days and do not

know whether we have been given a place

at that course or even if we do whether I 

shall get it. I hope so for I want to get

away from the Old Man & his methods even

if I have to start all over again. We have had

a very interesting time lately and may possibly

continue to do so though we shall do for

the next few months. We cannot do anything

very brilliant for we are too few anyhow we

are very useful for stopping a gap and there

is always the possibility of some fire on those

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3/12/17

My Own Darling,

  Once more I am writing from a

deep dug out as it is the most comfortable

place we possess for the time being. I have

just had a good wash & shave & feel very

fit & well - except that my feet are cold &

I have no fire to warm them by. That will be

altered presently for I have a squad of men

busy building a place for a mess. The roof

is highly furnished & the stove is in position

so I hope to move there before long. I look like

having a slack time for these days for I am

one of two company commanders who are remaining

behind for this tour of duty. It means a little

less discomfort but on the whole I think I

prefer being in with the Bn. We are not

quite such a family party as we used to be.

We work for the same end - the officers of

the battalion - but go by other ways & means.

The art of making other people efficient is by

being disagreeable to them - it may have

the desired effect but I think that the

effect is less permanent than one could get

in other ways. I haven't seen anyone from

the Bde Staff for several days and do not

know whether we have been given a place

at that course or even if we do whether I 

shall get it. I hope so for I want to get

away from the Old Man & his methods even

if I have to start all over again. We have had

a very interesting time lately and may possibly

continue to do so though we shall do for

the next few months. We cannot do anything

very brilliant for we are too few anyhow we

are very useful for stopping a gap and there

is always the possibility of some fire on those


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  • January 10, 2019 17:10:16 Stella Watkin

    3/12/17

    My Own Darling,

      Once more I am writing from a

    deep dug out as it is the most comfortable

    place we possess for the time being. I have

    just had a good wash & shave & feel very

    fit & well - except that my feet are cold &

    I have no fire to warm them by. That will be

    altered presently for I have a squad of men

    busy building a place for a mess. The roof

    is highly furnished & the stove is in position

    so I hope to move there before long. I look like

    having a slack time for these days for I am

    one of two company commanders who are remaining

    behind for this tour of duty. It means a little

    less discomfort but on the whole I think I

    prefer being in with the Bn. We are not

    quite such a family party as we used to be.

    We work for the same end - the officers of

    the battalion - but go by other ways & means.

    The art of making other people efficient is by

    being disagreeable to them - it may have

    the desired effect but I think that the

    effect is less permanent than one could get

    in other ways. I haven't seen anyone from

    the Bde Staff for several days and do not

    know whether we have been given a place

    at that course or even if we do whether I 

    shall get it. I hope so for I want to get

    away from the Old Man & his methods even

    if I have to start all over again. We have had

    a very interesting time lately and may possibly

    continue to do so though we shall do for

    the next few months. We cannot do anything

    very brilliant for we are too few anyhow we

    are very useful for stopping a gap and there

    is always the possibility of some fire on those

  • January 5, 2019 01:41:14 Thomas A. Lingner

    3/12/17

    My Own Darling,

      Once more I am writing from a

    deep dug out as it is the most comfortable

    place we possess for the time being. I have

    just had a good wash & shave & feel very

    fit & well - except that my feet are cold &

    I have no fire to warm them by. That will be

    altered presently for I have a squad of men

    busy building a place for a mess. The roof

    is highly furnished & the stove is in position

    so I hope to move there before long. I look like

    having a slack time for these days for I am

    one of two company commanders who are remaining

    behind for this tour of duty. It means a little

    less discomfort but on the whole I think I

    prefer being in with the Bn. We are not

    quite such a family party as we used to be.

    We work for the same end - the officers of

    the battalion - but go by other ways & means.

    The art of making other people efficient is by

    being disagreeable to them - it may have

    the desired effect but I think that the

    effect is less permanent than one could get

    in other ways. I haven't seen anyone from

    the Bde Staff for several days and do not

    know whether we have been given a place

    at that course or even if we do whether I 

    shall get it. I hope so for I want to get

    away from the Old Man & his methods even

    if I have to start all over again. We have had

    a very interesting time lately and may possibly

    continue to do so though we shall do for

    the next few months. We cannot do anything

    very brilliant for we are too few anyhow we

    are very useful for stopping a gap and there

    is always the possibility of some missing


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Kate Ward
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December 3, 1917
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