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On the 11th of this month her Gracious Majesty Queen Mary visited us…

July 1917 HMB My Dearest Mother I don’t know what has been happening to my last letter to you for you evidently haven’t got it. It certainly hasn’t gone astray for the reasons you thought for I never said a … Continue reading

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The chateau is a façade flanked by round towers with painted pepper pot tops …

24/6/1917  HMB My Dearest Mother I hope you have got the war loan certificate all right. I had Janette Taylor up here yesterday to say goodbye: she is going home on Saturday. She will get to open day, lucky girl. … Continue reading

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It is so hot that after one’s work is done one pants like a dog with the heat…

05/06/1917 HMB My dearest Mother I am writing in bed at 5 am because it is so hot that after one’s work is done one pants like a dog with the heat. Yesterday was a blazing day: the huts were … Continue reading

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Mrs Pollard took me to see “Madame et son filleul” a French farce, extremely amusing with humour of a broad variety

My dearest Father              20/05/1917 HMB I’m afraid it is sometime since I wrote but I have been very busy in the garden and with arrears of work too. I will try to finish the … Continue reading

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It is a great thing to have one’s friend attached to a hospital whose quarters are in one of the swagger hotels of Paris!!  

11/5/1917 My dearest Mother Please forgive my remissness in writing: I have been to Paris! I dare say you may have seen in the papers that there has been a conference  (inter allie) on re-education and reestablishment of the disabled … Continue reading

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The Spode ware sounds delightful, is it the green kind?

29/04/1917                                                              HMB My dearest Mother Many thanks for your long … Continue reading

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..the sausages and pork pies … were delicious in spite of being 10 days old!!

18/04/1917 HMB My dearest Mother Your wire to Tim arrived this afternoon: how it happened that my wire to you despatched from Havre at 8.45 Monday morning with my own hands has not reached you I am entirely unable to … Continue reading

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It was so ripping seeing you all again…

SS Normania 11/04/1917 My Dearest Mother Here I am stuck again: it is a rotten business. We didn’t go last night and I shall be very astonished if we go tonight: it is simply too sickening. It spoils everything to … Continue reading

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Suddenly up came the British Army fire brigade…..

7/3/1917 My Dearest Mother I should have written on Sunday but I was on duty all day and the rest I had some important work to do arranging our new tool-house and potting shed, and looking over our seed–boxes and … Continue reading

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Now don’t begin to worry about U boats….

26/2/1917 I hurried Father’s letter off in order that you should have some news of me, and in the meanwhile received your thrilling letter of the 18th. I do hope your news was true. I still contend that we are … Continue reading

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