Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 717

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kept me fairly dry. We are expecting

the C.O. back to-day & I have made

arrangements to go back again to my

old mess. That is no hardship for

they feed as well as HdQrs & have just

as warm & comfortable a room. My 

officers have changed too. Two of those

I described to you are away on courses

- the young boy still remains & two

other very decent subs have

rejoined the company from hospital

& a course. Border is acting second in

command to me. He asked to be 

posted to my company & I was able

to arrange it for him. I may manage

to get a change shortly for I am

continually asking for it. For some time

there has been a system of relieving 

war-worn officers in this country by

exchanging them for six months with

fit officers in England. A new order

has just come out saying that

this had not resulted in sufficient

right side

officers being sent to England to replace

the fit men and in this army each

division is to send six captains &

thirty six subalterns in the next two

months. Our Brigade has to send a

certain number and as the condition is

that the officers must have had

twelve months continuous service in 

this country their choice is rather 

limited. Perhaps I may come home 

- one can never tell. I would much

rather be in command out here

than do anything else whilst we are

at war but under our present

rule I'll do anything rather than

stop in the Brigade. Expect the Old Man

will get tired of me soon & let me

do something.

  We seem to be enjoying very

similar weather but on the whole

I think we have been more fortunate

than you have. I shall be very glad

when I can hear Kenneth "drilling." 

Yes I have had a good few restful days

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left side

kept me fairly dry. We are expecting

the C.O. back to-day & I have made

arrangements to go back again to my

old mess. That is no hardship for

they feed as well as HdQrs & have just

as warm & comfortable a room. My 

officers have changed too. Two of those

I described to you are away on courses

- the young boy still remains & two

other very decent subs have

rejoined the company from hospital

& a course. Border is acting second in

command to me. He asked to be 

posted to my company & I was able

to arrange it for him. I may manage

to get a change shortly for I am

continually asking for it. For some time

there has been a system of relieving 

war-worn officers in this country by

exchanging them for six months with

fit officers in England. A new order

has just come out saying that

this had not resulted in sufficient

right side

officers being sent to England to replace

the fit men and in this army each

division is to send six captains &

thirty six subalterns in the next two

months. Our Brigade has to send a

certain number and as the condition is

that the officers must have had

twelve months continuous service in 

this country their choice is rather 

limited. Perhaps I may come home 

- one can never tell. I would much

rather be in command out here

than do anything else whilst we are

at war but under our present

rule I'll do anything rather than

stop in the Brigade. Expect the Old Man

will get tired of me soon & let me

do something.

  We seem to be enjoying very

similar weather but on the whole

I think we have been more fortunate

than you have. I shall be very glad

when I can hear Kenneth "drilling." 

Yes I have had a good few restful days


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  • January 17, 2019 21:38:23 Thomas A. Lingner

    left side

    kept me fairly dry. We are expecting

    the C.O. back to-day & I have made

    arrangements to go back again to my

    old mess. That is no hardship for

    they feed as well as HdQrs & have just

    as warm & comfortable a room. My 

    officers have changed too. Two of those

    I described to you are away on courses

    - the young boy still remains & two

    other very decent subs have

    rejoined the company from hospital

    & a course. Border is acting second in

    command to me. He asked to be 

    posted to my company & I was able

    to arrange it for him. I may manage

    to get a change shortly for I am

    continually asking for it. For some time

    there has been a system of relieving 

    war-worn officers in this country by

    exchanging them for six months with

    fit officers in England. A new order

    has just come out saying that

    this had not resulted in sufficient

    right side

    officers being sent to England to replace

    the fit men and in this army each

    division is to send six captains &

    thirty six subalterns in the next two

    months. Our Brigade has to send a

    certain number and as the condition is

    that the officers must have had

    twelve months continuous service in 

    this country their choice is rather 

    limited. Perhaps I may come home 

    - one can never tell. I would much

    rather be in command out here

    than do anything else whilst we are

    at war but under our present

    rule I'll do anything rather than

    stop in the Brigade. Expect the Old Man

    will get tired of me soon & let me

    do something.

      We seem to be enjoying very

    similar weather but on the whole

    I think we have been more fortunate

    than you have. I shall be very glad

    when I can hear Kenneth "drilling." 

    Yes I have had a good few restful days

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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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January 17, 1918
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  • Western Front




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