Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 588

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occasions. Dean is getting cheerful again with

occasional "thinks." He got a piece of shrapnel

on his hard hat the other day which made

him jump somewhat, but had no other

effect. We are having glorious weather just

now in spite of a fairly cold wind. It is

cold but the frost is drying up the ground

- the mud disappears a little & the sun shines

now I'll read through your letters & try &

answer anything I have missed doing before.

Your letters are lovely & they do me a world

of good. Changes in command are not

allowed to cause dissatisfaction among the men

for however much an officer feels that he

has cause for complaint it is clearly his duty

to back up the CO for all he is worth. A hard

task at times. The effect on me is that I

revert to my permanent rank of captain & get

pay & allowances of that rank again. After being a

major for so long I had not expected this to

happen & the CO told me that he would do

his best to avoid that. He even said that he

would prefer keeping to having Dean back

again - that of course is quite a private piece

of information. Possibly it may give me a better

chance for the course but it also has another

effect for I should have gone up as a candidate

for command of a Bn & now it may be that I

shall go as a candidate for second in command

still the chance will be almost the same when

I get there. I am glad you got the new fire

place in. Does it make the room much

warmer as well as making it look nicer?

I am glad Daisy & Jessie have arrived & that you

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occasions. Dean is getting cheerful again with

occasional "thinks." He got a piece of shrapnel

on his hard hat the other day which made

him jump somewhat, but had no other

effect. We are having glorious weather just

now in spite of a fairly cold wind. It is

cold but the frost is drying up the ground

- the mud disappears a little & the sun shines

now I'll read through your letters & try &

answer anything I have missed doing before.

Your letters are lovely & they do me a world

of good. Changes in command are not

allowed to cause dissatisfaction among the men

for however much an officer feels that he

has cause for complaint it is clearly his duty

to back up the CO for all he is worth. A hard

task at times. The effect on me is that I

revert to my permanent rank of captain & get

pay & allowances of that rank again. After being a

major for so long I had not expected this to

happen & the CO told me that he would do

his best to avoid that. He even said that he

would prefer keeping to having Dean back

again - that of course is quite a private piece

of information. Possibly it may give me a better

chance for the course but it also has another

effect for I should have gone up as a candidate

for command of a Bn & now it may be that I

shall go as a candidate for second in command

still the chance will be almost the same when

I get there. I am glad you got the new fire

place in. Does it make the room much

warmer as well as making it look nicer?

I am glad Daisy & Jessie have arrived & that you


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  • January 5, 2019 01:51:48 Thomas A. Lingner

    occasions. Dean is getting cheerful again with

    occasional "thinks." He got a piece of shrapnel

    on his hard hat the other day which made

    him jump somewhat, but had no other

    effect. We are having glorious weather just

    now in spite of a fairly cold wind. It is

    cold but the frost is drying up the ground

    - the mud disappears a little & the sun shines

    now I'll read through your letters & try &

    answer anything I have missed doing before.

    Your letters are lovely & they do me a world

    of good. Changes in command are not

    allowed to cause dissatisfaction among the men

    for however much an officer feels that he

    has cause for complaint it is clearly his duty

    to back up the CO for all he is worth. A hard

    task at times. The effect on me is that I

    revert to my permanent rank of captain & get

    pay & allowances of that rank again. After being a

    major for so long I had not expected this to

    happen & the CO told me that he would do

    his best to avoid that. He even said that he

    would prefer keeping to having Dean back

    again - that of course is quite a private piece

    of information. Possibly it may give me a better

    chance for the course but it also has another

    effect for I should have gone up as a candidate

    for command of a Bn & now it may be that I

    shall go as a candidate for second in command

    still the chance will be almost the same when

    I get there. I am glad you got the new fire

    place in. Does it make the room much

    warmer as well as making it look nicer?

    I am glad Daisy & Jessie have arrived & that you

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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5037 / 56962
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Kate Ward
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December 3, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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