The weather is lovely but we want rain terribly badly: the country is simply parched for want of it.

D Higgins 1915 IWM7th June 1918 HMB

My dearest Father

I’m afraid I’ve been most remiss about writing but I’ve been gardening early and late these days. I went down into the town one day last week to see Miss Hunter and met Miss Broadwood, Harry G-T’s sister in law. She is going home I’m sorry to say as she is a very nice person. She asked most tenderly after you.

Miss Hunter is going home this week: I bought two ripping little oil paintings from her collection, both with Bonsecours in them. Miss Broadwood told me that Dick had gone up the lines somewhere again.

We have not been so fearfully busy this week: no more convoys in just at present. The weather is lovely but we want rain terribly badly: the country is simply parched for want of it.

It is rotten luck on the Thorndike girl losing her husband so soon – we have never had any other patients than Belgians and we are absolutely full up with them. I quite agree with you that Hedley Le Bas wants shooting at sight and so does Pemberton–Billing, I should have thought that Justice Darling would have kept him in better order.

I have been most tremendously busy myself as far as work goes: we have tken so many X-ray photographs that we have run out of plates!!

I hear from Aunt Jenny that poor Bessy has mumps: it is indeed trying at her age and I expect she feels pretty rotten.

I cant answer your question re memento just yet as I haven’t been able to think what I want, but it shall receive my best attention.

I didn’t quite understand about Canon B and the curate: who is B.G.L who might slate the latter?

I had a very nice letter from Mrs Baron congratulating me in the name of the detachment on the honour I had won for them as well as myself.

I am sorry to hear about Nellie Marshall and hope she’ll go on alright.

I expect “he” is glad the birding season is on that he may supplement his scanty rations. We continue to live very well here.

Best love to you all .

From your loving D

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Mrs T

Beyond the day job, and the garden, I love to delve into local and family history. While pursuing one project other snippets frequently distract me, resulting in the eclectic mix of tales from the past found here.

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