Captain/Major Harold Ward Correspondence, item 927

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27/2/18

My Own Darling,

  Time passes and now our tour will

soon be over, and we shall move a little further

back. I believe a new place has been chosen for us

and instead of going to the comfortable huts we left

we shall go into trenches and make homes for ourselves

again. Fortunately it may be before the rainy season

commences. We are still having a quiet time varied by 

the sound of our guns & the shells whizzing over occasionally.

The Boche "bumps" us but so far his shells have fallen

some distance away. The nearest they have been to us

was the other afternoon when one dropped into the 

next shell hole to that in which the CO had retired

for a few moments shelter. Two & a half yards away

and no damage so you see there is much to

make the individual soldier an optimist out here.

Once or twice the weather has looked like being

unkind and wet but each faint hearted effort

has stopped short and we are spared much mud.

  Yesterday we put in a busy day improving the

dugout. I had a number of beds made for the

men and I also had our "Mess Room" (for want

of a better description of a "hole" 8 ft by 4 ft by 6 ft high)

cleaned and lined with canvas. That I suppose is

not war economy with canvas at such a price. I 

indented for 1000 sandbags the other day and an

RE Captain came round to know why I wanted

£41 worth of sandbags. I got them but had to prove

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27/2/18

My Own Darling,

  Time passes and now our tour will

soon be over, and we shall move a little further

back. I believe a new place has been chosen for us

and instead of going to the comfortable huts we left

we shall go into trenches and make homes for ourselves

again. Fortunately it may be before the rainy season

commences. We are still having a quiet time varied by 

the sound of our guns & the shells whizzing over occasionally.

The Boche "bumps" us but so far his shells have fallen

some distance away. The nearest they have been to us

was the other afternoon when one dropped into the 

next shell hole to that in which the CO had retired

for a few moments shelter. Two & a half yards away

and no damage so you see there is much to

make the individual soldier an optimist out here.

Once or twice the weather has looked like being

unkind and wet but each faint hearted effort

has stopped short and we are spared much mud.

  Yesterday we put in a busy day improving the

dugout. I had a number of beds made for the

men and I also had our "Mess Room" (for want

of a better description of a "hole" 8 ft by 4 ft by 6 ft high)

cleaned and lined with canvas. That I suppose is

not war economy with canvas at such a price. I 

indented for 1000 sandbags the other day and an

RE Captain came round to know why I wanted

£41 worth of sandbags. I got them but had to prove


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  • August 22, 2019 16:44:03 Stella Watkin

    27/2/18

    My Own Darling,

      Time passes and now our tour will

    soon be over, and we shall move a little further

    back. I believe a new place has been chosen for us

    and instead of going to the comfortable huts we left

    we shall go into trenches and make homes for ourselves

    again. Fortunately it may be before the rainy season

    commences. We are still having a quiet time varied by 

    the sound of our guns & the shells whizzing over occasionally.

    The Boche "bumps" us but so far his shells have fallen

    some distance away. The nearest they have been to us

    was the other afternoon when one dropped into the 

    next shell hole to that in which the CO had retired

    for a few moments shelter. Two & a half yards away

    and no damage so you see there is much to

    make the individual soldier an optimist out here.

    Once or twice the weather has looked like being

    unkind and wet but each faint hearted effort

    has stopped short and we are spared much mud.

      Yesterday we put in a busy day improving the

    dugout. I had a number of beds made for the

    men and I also had our "Mess Room" (for want

    of a better description of a "hole" 8 ft by 4 ft by 6 ft high)

    cleaned and lined with canvas. That I suppose is

    not war economy with canvas at such a price. I 

    indented for 1000 sandbags the other day and an

    RE Captain came round to know why I wanted

    £41 worth of sandbags. I got them but had to prove

  • April 25, 2019 22:22:09 Thomas A. Lingner

    27/2/18

    My Own Darling,

      Time passes and now our tour will

    soon be over, and we shall move a little further

    back. I believe a new place has been chosen for us

    and instead of going to the comfortable huts we left

    we shall go into trenches and make homes for ourselves

    again. Fortunately it may be before the rainy season

    commences. We are still having a quiet time varied by 

    the sound of our guns & the shells whizzing over occasionally.

    The Boche "bumps" us but so far his shells have fallen

    some distance away. The nearest they have been to us

    was the other afternoon when one dropped into the 

    next shell hole to that in which the CO had retired

    for a few moments shelter. Two & a half yards away

    and no damage so you see there is much to

    make the individual soldier an optimist out here.

    Once or twice the weather has looked like being

    unkind and we but each faint hearted effort

    has stopped short and we are spared much mud.

      Yesterday we put in a busy day improving the

    dugout. I had a number of beds made for the

    men and I also had our "Mess Room" (for want

    of a better description of a "hole" 8 ft by 4 ft by 6 ft high)

    cleaned and lined with canvas. That I suppose is

    not war economy with canvas at such a price. I 

    indented for 1000 sandbags the other day and an

    RE Captain came round to know why I wanted

    £41 worth of sandbags. I got them but had to prove


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    Havrincourt, Ribecourt-la-Tour,

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February 27, 1918
  • English

  • Western Front




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