Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 646

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is snowed under somewhere. I should

be really enjoying myself if it were

not for the new man who is just

about the limit. He talks from

morning to night about work & looking 

after the comfort of the men &c &c

He does the latter very well. After

all his talk when fifteen small

bags of coal come, he took two

for his private billet & ordered three

to be kept in the stores for warming

clothes &c. & the men of a company were

lucky to get two bags - one man

the same share as 120 men is a 

bit too thick I fancy. That's on

the usual line though for he is

continually saying "I am your commanding

officer & I will be treated as your

commanding officer. Nuff sed. Fed up."

If we stay here long enough I shall

be able to talk a little French again.

It is very amusing listening to the

conversations with the village people

right side

one curious feature being that every

soldier thinks that if he shouts loud

enough & ends by saying "Comprenez"

the people are bound to understand

him. Howes has just gone off to

England on a musketing course so he

ought to have a good time. I think

that course I wanted must have

"gone west." I hear a rumour that

Hooper has managed to get sent

on it from Saltfleetly but it

appears as if we have no places

allotted for the Brigade this time.

I hear that Phillip got a wonderfully

good report. It appears that to get 

on one must get to England &

not stay out here. Well I may

be lucky enough some day.

  I wish I were with you. It seems

many many ages since I left you

& I do want you. I love you very

dearly. Madame was very interested

in the snaps of you & Kenneth that

I showed to her. Tell Kenneth that

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left side

2

is snowed under somewhere. I should

be really enjoying myself if it were

not for the new man who is just

about the limit. He talks from

morning to night about work & looking 

after the comfort of the men &c &c

He does the latter very well. After

all his talk when fifteen small

bags of coal come, he took two

for his private billet & ordered three

to be kept in the stores for warming

clothes &c. & the men of a company were

lucky to get two bags - one man

the same share as 120 men is a 

bit too thick I fancy. That's on

the usual line though for he is

continually saying "I am your commanding

officer & I will be treated as your

commanding officer. Nuff sed. Fed up."

If we stay here long enough I shall

be able to talk a little French again.

It is very amusing listening to the

conversations with the village people

right side

one curious feature being that every

soldier thinks that if he shouts loud

enough & ends by saying "Comprenez"

the people are bound to understand

him. Howes has just gone off to

England on a musketing course so he

ought to have a good time. I think

that course I wanted must have

"gone west." I hear a rumour that

Hooper has managed to get sent

on it from Saltfleetly but it

appears as if we have no places

allotted for the Brigade this time.

I hear that Phillip got a wonderfully

good report. It appears that to get 

on one must get to England &

not stay out here. Well I may

be lucky enough some day.

  I wish I were with you. It seems

many many ages since I left you

& I do want you. I love you very

dearly. Madame was very interested

in the snaps of you & Kenneth that

I showed to her. Tell Kenneth that


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  • January 13, 2019 04:37:29 Thomas A. Lingner

    left side

    2

    is snowed under somewhere. I should

    be really enjoying myself if it were

    not for the new man who is just

    about the limit. He talks from

    morning to night about work & looking 

    after the comfort of the men &c &c

    He does the latter very well. After

    all his talk when fifteen small

    bags of coal come, he took two

    for his private billet & ordered three

    to be kept in the stores for warming

    clothes &c. & the men of a company were

    lucky to get two bags - one man

    the same share as 120 men is a 

    bit too thick I fancy. That's on

    the usual line though for he is

    continually saying "I am your commanding

    officer & I will be treated as your

    commanding officer. Nuff sed. Fed up."

    If we stay here long enough I shall

    be able to talk a little French again.

    It is very amusing listening to the

    conversations with the village people

    right side

    one curious feature being that every

    soldier thinks that if he shouts loud

    enough & ends by saying "Comprenez"

    the people are bound to understand

    him. Howes has just gone off to

    England on a musketing course so he

    ought to have a good time. I think

    that course I wanted must have

    "gone west." I hear a rumour that

    Hooper has managed to get sent

    on it from Saltfleetly but it

    appears as if we have no places

    allotted for the Brigade this time.

    I hear that Phillip got a wonderfully

    good report. It appears that to get 

    on one must get to England &

    not stay out here. Well I may

    be lucky enough some day.

      I wish I were with you. It seems

    many many ages since I left you

    & I do want you. I love you very

    dearly. Madame was very interested

    in the snaps of you & Kenneth that

    I showed to her. Tell Kenneth that

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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Kate Ward
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December 29, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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