Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 651

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Somewhere in France

6/4/17

My Own Darling Wife,

  Think I shall be able to get a letter off

to-night so have to write it. At present I am

sitting on the barrel rest in my cellar and

feeling grateful for the shelter & the comfortable

warmth of the stove that we have installed.

This village is in some respects worse than

ever, but it is a jolly sight better than being

out under a hedge or even lying in the open

with no shelter at all. The Boche has peppered the

place pretty well since we came in so we

have covered the cellar with a large quantity of brick

mortar, soil, beans, iron &c - partly by pushing 

over the walls of the house & partly by carrying

stuff from what was next door. The place is

now safe except from a direct hit from a

really large shell & we should be very 

poorly used if such an unlikely event

were to occur. We pushed up here a day

or two ago and have not had too bad

a time. It was awfully warm for we were in

full kit - however it was cold enough

later on. Sorry I had to leave this

yesterday & now I must finish off

in a hurry as letters are going

back in a few minutes. Hope you

are all fit & well. I am as fit as

ever & going strong. Don't know when 

we are to have a rest but I still 

have not had my clothes off since

the 23rd. I am afraid this is a scribble

but I'll try & write later as I expect to be

up rather late.

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Somewhere in France

6/4/17

My Own Darling Wife,

  Think I shall be able to get a letter off

to-night so have to write it. At present I am

sitting on the barrel rest in my cellar and

feeling grateful for the shelter & the comfortable

warmth of the stove that we have installed.

This village is in some respects worse than

ever, but it is a jolly sight better than being

out under a hedge or even lying in the open

with no shelter at all. The Boche has peppered the

place pretty well since we came in so we

have covered the cellar with a large quantity of brick

mortar, soil, beans, iron &c - partly by pushing 

over the walls of the house & partly by carrying

stuff from what was next door. The place is

now safe except from a direct hit from a

really large shell & we should be very 

poorly used if such an unlikely event

were to occur. We pushed up here a day

or two ago and have not had too bad

a time. It was awfully warm for we were in

full kit - however it was cold enough

later on. Sorry I had to leave this

yesterday & now I must finish off

in a hurry as letters are going

back in a few minutes. Hope you

are all fit & well. I am as fit as

ever & going strong. Don't know when 

we are to have a rest but I still 

have not had my clothes off since

the 23rd. I am afraid this is a scribble

but I'll try & write later as I expect to be

up rather late.


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  • January 13, 2019 05:05:24 Thomas A. Lingner

    Somewhere in France

    6/4/17

    My Own Darling Wife,

      Think I shall be able to get a letter off

    to-night so have to write it. At present I am

    sitting on the barrel rest in my cellar and

    feeling grateful for the shelter & the comfortable

    warmth of the stove that we have installed.

    This village is in some respects worse than

    ever, but it is a jolly sight better than being

    out under a hedge or even lying in the open

    with no shelter at all. The Boche has peppered the

    place pretty well since we came in so we

    have covered the cellar with a large quantity of brick

    mortar, soil, beans, iron &c - partly by pushing 

    over the walls of the house & partly by carrying

    stuff from what was next door. The place is

    now safe except from a direct hit from a

    really large shell & we should be very 

    poorly used if such an unlikely event

    were to occur. We pushed up here a day

    or two ago and have not had too bad

    a time. It was awfully warm for we were in

    full kit - however it was cold enough

    later on. Sorry I had to leave this

    yesterday & now I must finish off

    in a hurry as letters are going

    back in a few minutes. Hope you

    are all fit & well. I am as fit as

    ever & going strong. Don't know when 

    we are to have a rest but I still 

    have not had my clothes off since

    the 23rd. I am afraid this is a scribble

    but I'll try & write later as I expect to be

    up rather late.

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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  • Story location Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,


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5037 / 57028
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Kate Ward
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April 6, 1917
  • English

  • Western Front




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