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We had a very lively time last week: 4 raids in 7 days …

  7th June 1918 HMB My dearest Mother I missed the post with my letters and the photos so I have kept it back another 24 hours and am writing you a second letter. I had a letter from Tim … Continue reading

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

7th 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 … Continue reading

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I have been decorated to-day by the Queen of the Belgians …

HMB 14th May 1918 My dearest Mother What you have so long wished for has come to pass: I have been decorated to-day by the Queen of the Belgians with her own medal, the order of Elisabeth. She came on … Continue reading

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Old Captain Beatty was talking through his hat about X-ray dangers …

10th May 1918    HMB My dearest Mother I’m glad to hear that you’ve got back safely and hope your teeth are all right now. I hope Mr Colyer didn’t give you a rotten time. It was awfully thrilling about the … Continue reading

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Just a few lines to tell you that I am going out to dinner tonight …

1st May 1918 HMB My dearest Father Just a few lines to tell you that I am going out to dinner tonight with Colonel Richard Grant-Thorold. He came up yesterday afternoon and as I was busy I couldn’t talk to … Continue reading

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Here I am safe and sound back at the old hospital…

HMB     25th April 1918 My dearest Mother Here I am safe and sound back at the old hospital. We had an awfully smooth crossing and shared a cabin together. The boat wasn’t very full. It was very hot though and … Continue reading

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The small pox epidemic is not severe I think, we are again allowed to go to Rouen.

2nd April 1918                HMB My Dearest Mother It is extremely doubtful I shall be with you at the beginning of next week. There is some irregularity in transport between this side of the … Continue reading

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…He’d been pianist to Clement’s Pierrots at Skegness

HMB                   25/3/1918 My dearest Mother Many happy returns of the day and let’s hope that next year I may spend it with you in peace. I feel so ashamed that I haven’t … Continue reading

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You will have to get a regular “pack of cards” before I can eat anything at home.

HMB 16/3/1918 My dearest Mother I am hoping to come on leave at the end of the first week or beginning of the second week in April, heavenly thought! So please write at once to Lieutenant A Van Horde, Bureau … Continue reading

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We have a hockey match here next Sunday …

HMB                                               27/2/1918 My dearest Father Thank you most awfully for the very welcome gift of £10 which arrived … Continue reading

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