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We are much less short of food in France than in England …

Hospital Militaire Bonsecours 26/1/1918 My dearest Mother Thank you so much for your ripping long letter. I am sorry you have had such a rotten time victualling just now: anyway I suppose you have a better time than the people … Continue reading

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Thanks to reduced weight I made a passable figure as a Tommy …

  31/12/17 & 2/1/18   HMB My dearest Mother Thanks awfully for putting money in the War Lottery for me: I gather that we haven’t had any luck as a family but never mind, it’s a bit more to help with … Continue reading

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It is freezing cold and we have a lot of snow on the ground, real Christmas weather…

18/12/1917 My dearest Father and Mother This is just to send you my love and good wishes for Christmas. I am sending you home a parcel full of miscellaneous treasures by a trusty friend so I hope it may arrive … Continue reading

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I can’t hear anything but Russian ballet and now I suppose they are gone from one’s gaze for ever…

28/11/17 My dearest Mother The haversack has arrived: it was marked “warm clothing” which tickled me immensely. It’s very nicely done. I knew the Schumann books were in bosche only but that doesn’t matter for songs: a lot of them … Continue reading

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I am trying to write to the strains of “Take me back to dear old Blighty” …

2/11/17 My dearest Mother Got a letter from you to-day, I thought you were never going to write. Tim went off on Tuesday, had to spend the night at Havre and crossed on Weds night. I had a wire from … Continue reading

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The rain is incessant and the whole place is a perfect swamp…

1/10/1917 My Dearest Mother It is very sickening but I do not expect to get home this week, or at any rate at the end instead of today or tomorrow. Matron is held in England and cannot get back because … Continue reading

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…suddenly a runaway horse and cart dashed past us and crashed …

18/9/1917                                            HMB My dearest Mother How delightful to think that this time three weeks hence, barring accidents, I shall be with you all. I am looking forward to it immensely – I had a letter from Tommy Sandall: he will … Continue reading

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I wonder if Col. S will come to Rouen: it would be awfully jolly if he did…

9/9/1917                                              HMB My Dearest Mother It gives me great pleasure to think that ,barring accidents, a month hence I shall be with you and it will be Father’s birthday. I am looking forward immensely to my leave, to a stay … Continue reading

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Tim and I … were invited out by two rather nice Belgian officers, both Counts!

22/08/1917 My Dearest Mother and Father Thank you very much indeed for your more than generous presents which have arrived, so I was advised by the Credit Lyonnais. My birthday passed busily as usual and in the evening I went … Continue reading

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Unfortunately one was only allowed to walk in the castle grounds…

06/08/1917                                                         HMB My Dearest Mother This will be an awful scribble: both my hands are bound as I have got what they think is Urticaria(nettle-rash) but what tickles like the devil anyway- I haven’t slept properly for two nights as … Continue reading

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