List of Letters

This is an index—by date—of Ross Playfair’s letters to his wife from the front.

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August 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1917-08-30 30th August 1917: My Dearest Maidie:— I have arrived here after a great trip, a little tired, more than a little muddy generally untidy… View this letter »
Letter 1917-08-31 August 31st My Dearest Mary:– Right at this very minute it is hard to make oneself believe that there is a war in the vicinity. For our… View this letter »

September 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1917-09-01 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-02 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-03 Monday, 3rd Sept. 1917   There has been a two day hiatus in my share of the correspondence due to moving but now we are settled and comfortably… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-04 4th Sept. 1917. My Dearest Mary:– Everyone I meet tells me that I am crazy because I left my good job in Rouen to come here but jusqu’ici… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-05 France – 5–9–17 My Dearest Maidie – I did not get time to write you this morning – the pressure of work etc.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-06   France, 6–9–17   My Dearest, Last nights mail brought me two glorious letters – 29th and thirty –… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-07 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-08 France. 8th September, 1917 My Dearest Maidie – It is a beautiful warm afternoon and our new quarters are so situate[d] that the sunlight… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-09 France 9th September 1917. My Dearest Mary – It is only a little after ten o’clock and I have had a few minutes to spare. First… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-10 France 10•9•17 My own Dearest:– This has been a very very busy day and it is only right at the tail of it that I am getting… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-11 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-12 France. 12th September, 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– Last night as per schedule we came out to Rest and had a good old long walk. Turkey… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-13 France 13th September 1917 My Own Dearest:– To-day has been a gala day for I have had a bath. I went over to the bath place alone and… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-14 France 14th September, 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– For instance note the change in ink. The new help has fountain pens various and insists… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-14 France 14th September 1917 My Dearest Mary: There was in your letter something that made me feel very badly. It was that you should have thought… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-15 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-16 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-17 France 17-9-17 My Dearest Maidie: I haven’t done a thing to-day but work and in odd minutes shine my equipment. They are hell on shining… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-18 France 18th September, 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– We move this afternoon again and I am wildly excited at the prospect. One feature of… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-19 France. 19th September, 1917. My Dearest Mary:- Every little detail is good to-day. We are in a perfectly belle place – at least it… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-20 France. 20th Sept. 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– Une autre belle jour is upon us (I know that is rotten French) anyway it’s a grand… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-21 France. 21st September 1917. My Own Dearest, I never did tell you that we have acquired a perfectly good Band. They have been playing all… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-21 France. 21-9-17 My Own Dearest:– I am writing this with my knee for a table and a hell of a racket raging about. The reason is that there… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-22 France. 22-9-17 My Own Dearest:– I promised to tell you about the party last night and here I am to do it. It was some kind of a sort… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-23 France. 23rd Sept., 1917. My Own Bubby:– How is every little thing? Outside here, the Band is playing sneaky music and I want to shake… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-24 France 24th September, 1917. My Own Dearest: Another move to-day – a short little comfortable little move and now we are snugly ensconced… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-25 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-26 France. 26th Sept. 1917. My Dearest Mary:– As ever was I had two letters this afternoon and great was and is my rejoicing. I have told… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-27 France 27-9-17. My Own Dearest:– I just notice when I write the date that it will be one month to-morrow since I left Rouen. And it seems… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-28 France 28th Sept. 1917 My Dearest Maidie: To-day I had an eye opener as to the speed and despatch with which things are done on Active Service.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-29 France 29•9•17. My Dearest Maidie:– I have just discovered what has been making me feel off-colour – its a rollicking… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-30 France. 30th Sept. 1917 My Dearest Mary:– We got settled last night in this our newest home, about eleven o’clock. But before… View this letter »
Letter 1917-09-30 France. 30-9-17 My Dearest:– Say, Bubbsy, what have you done to me? This morning when I got up, I went for breakfast feeling pretty… View this letter »

October 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1917-10-01 France 1•10•17. My Dearest Maidie:– I was properly up with the hens this morning at 4:45 and have never closed an eye since.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-02 France 2/10/17 My Dearest Baby:– This has been a good old peaceful day – plenty of work but nothing serious, nothing irritating.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-03 France 3-10-17. My Dearest Maidie:– Quite by accident to-day things came to a climax very quickly. The A.A.G. wrote up the odd customary… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-04 France 4/10/17 My Dearest Mary:– We did another little move this morning and tonight I am quite comfortably tired and ready for the hay… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-05 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-06 France 6•10•17 My Own Dearest:– Curse this shifting about. It has its good features – relieves itching feet and satisfies… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-07 France. 7-10-17. My Dearest Maidie:– We are billeted in the odd little town at present. We arrived this afternoon after a march of a… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-08 France 8-10-17 My Dearest Maidie:– I did get one letter to-day and am all set up about it. The letters make all the difference. Without… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-09 France 9/10/17. My Dearest Maidie:– To-night I got four grand letters – the mail has caught up to me with a vengeance and I am… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-10 France 10/10/17. My Dearest:– This will only be a very short letter as there isn’t time for more. We are, for a few hours, in a… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-11 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-12 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-13 [note at the top of the page with a little arrow pointing from it to “somewhere with Turkey:] Turk is sitting just across from me… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-13 October 13th 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– I got three letters this very afternoon and there is no holding me now – naturally. I want… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-14 October 14th 1917. My Own Dearest: Yesterday I did duly reçu my enormous great parcel and we had a beautiful wallow. The pouch was great… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-15 France 15/10/17 My Dearest Maidie:– Two letters from you today, Mignonne, and now I think that this is quite the best place we ever… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-16 France 16/10/17 My Dearest Maidie:– Une autre belle journée is upon us and I have a full ten minutes before lunch which I hope… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-17 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-18 France. 18/10/17 My Dearest Maidie:– This will be quick and hurried this letter as we are once again in the throes of moving –… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-19 France 19•10•17 My Own Dearest:– I have been plotting all day to try and find some way of getting a quiet corner to write… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-20 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-21 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-22 France 22/10/17 My Dearest Maidie:– Never a letter have I written for two days it hasn’t been possible. Our journey is ended now… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-23 France. 23•10•17 My Own Dearest:– I did not get a chance to write you earlier in the day – it is seven o’clock… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-24 France 24•10•17 (what the deuce is the date?) [the 4 of 24 is written over another number] My Own Dearest:– It’s a pretty… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-24   France – 24/10/17 My Dearest Maidie:– Everything is a little more reasonable to-day it isn’t raining, the sun… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-25 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-26 France 26th October, 1917 My Dearest – Does it bore you to listen to what I’ve been doing? Well, if you are sure it doesn’t… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-27 France 27th Oct. 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– Communication with the outside world is established properly now for the mail to-day had… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-28 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-29 France 29th October 1917 My Own Dearest: I didn’t write you yesterday – what are you going to say to me? We really arrived early… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-30 France 30th October, 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– Two good letters today and I’m surging with delight – one was opened by the… View this letter »
Letter 1917-10-31 There is no letter for this date.  … View this letter »

November 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1917-11-01 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-02 France 2nd November, 1917 My Dearest Maidie:- The little move came along suddenly yesterday leaving me no chance to write or any thing. Nine… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-03 France 3rd November 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– The mail has just arrived and I got one letter which will hold me one while. You were all… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-04 France 4th November 1917 My Dearest Maidie: – Behold my perfectly good second hand pen. Yesterday one of the runners came in broke –… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-05 France 5th November, 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– Encore une autre lettre aujourd’hui – isn’t this the grand place to… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-06 France 6th November 1917. My Dearest Maidie: Its pretty cold in the old barn to-day or rather to-night and not so very cheerful. There wasn’t… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-07 France 7th November 19197 My Dearest:– The boys did bring me a new pad from town last night and I am putting on swank a-plenty to-day.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-08 France 8th November, 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– Our good mail service has had a rip up the back somewhere for I didn’t get any… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-09 France 9th November 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– I did get three letters today and I’m not half jubilant  Really I have all the… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-10 France Nov. 10 My Dearest Mary:– This is our last night in ye old barn for to-morrow we are on the road for another hike – to-morrow… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-11 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-12 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-13 France 13th Nov. 17 My Dearest Maidie:– I haven’t written you for ages and I just feel like rotten hell over it. Our move involved… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-14 France 14th Nov. 1917. My Dearest:- We are all settled again, established and everything is running on greased wheels. A runner has just arrived… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-15 [This is scrawled on an angle across the upper left-hand corner of the page, before the date:] God bless the Irish. Ross   France. 15th… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-16 France 16th Nov. 1917. My Dearest: Just a mingy stingy little odd word – just wedged in I must admit it – in the storm an[d] uproar… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-17 France 17th November 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– The forenoon will be spent in cleaning up. And just for example you should see me. Unlike… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-18 France 18th Nov. 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– We lit out this morning at six fifteen which involves getting up at five – ooch! We… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-19 France 19th November 1917. My Dearest: Two letters got received by me cette après midi and you were a petit peu bleu when you did write… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-20 France 20/11/17 Dearest Maidie: We are moving to-day, tomorrow and the next day and there is no mail being sent so I shall just carry this… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-21 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-22 France Nov. 22nd 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– I did not write you yesterday and the day before only a little note and now again to-night… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-23 France 23rd Nov. 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– Say Baby don’t you ever get letters from me? I swear that I do write letters at least… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-24 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-25 France 25th Nov. 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– I am bathed, in clean clothes and have a really truly bed to sleep in to-night. I just naturally… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-26 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-27 France November 27th 1917 My Dearest Maidie: Imagine sitting in a nice cosy room at a good substantial table with a good old fire and not… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-28 France 28th Nov. 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– A whale of a day to-day – two letters and the parcel from Mrs. Bachelor – do you… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-29 France 29th Nov. 1917. My Dearest Maidie:– There isn’t anything a very heap startling doing to-day – it was just an ordinary… View this letter »
Letter 1917-11-30 France. 30th Nov. 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– Well, how is everything to-day with you, Bowknots? “He did call me, Bowknots”!… View this letter »

December 1917

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1917-12-01 France 1st December 1917   My Dearest: This is a fine hour of the day to be starting a letter – almost nine o’clock and… View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-02 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-03 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-04 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-05 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-06 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-07 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-08 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-09 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-10             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-11 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-12 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-13 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-14 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-15 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-16 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-17 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-18 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-19 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-20             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-21 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-22 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-22 [this is scrawled across the top left corner of the page:] re the papers – they’ll probably keep  Ross              … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-23             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-24 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-25 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-26 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-27             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-28 France            28th Dec. 1917 My Dearest Red:–           … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-29 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-30 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1917-12-31             France            31st Dec. 1917 My… View this letter »

January 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-01-01 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-02 France 2nd Jan’y 1918   My Own Dearest:– The mailman played me false last night, curse him! I was right on my toes when… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-03 France.                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-04             France.             4th Jany 1918   My… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-05 France. 5th Jany 1918 My Dearest: Unless I develop a burst of speed somewhere about here I am not going to get a letter away to-day. Its… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-06 [This is written across the top of the page:] P.S. Imagine getting a letter written on the 1st on the 5th! Ross              … View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-07             France, 7th Jany. 1917 My Dear:– Its only ten o’clock matin but I’ve a minute… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-08             France. 8th Jany 1918. My Dearest:– I didn’t get a letter last night and I know… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-09 France. Jan’y 9th 1918. My Dearest Maidie:– I’ve thrown away my rabbit’s foot, started putting my right shoe on first,… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-10 France. 10th Jany. 1918 My Own Dearest:– I got two letters last night – the one you wrote on the second and one that I mourned… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-11             France, 11th Jany 1918 My Dearest: I am now in my good little chambre in ye old tyme cellar.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-12  France. 12th Jan’y 1918 My Dearest: Three letters fell to my lot last night and two of them were from you and they were the only… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-13 [This is scrawled across the top left corner of the page:] I know that this is a mess of a letter but I’ve had so many interruptions.              … View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-14 France, 14th Jany 1918 My Own Maidie:– I’m the luckiest man – last night two more letters from you! Now I am just waiting… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-15 France, 15th Jany 1918 My Dear:– To-day is the 15th – the day my application for leave was to have gone in – but what do… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-16 France, 16th Jan’y 1918. My Dearest:– My old application is away for two days and I am full of hope and pep, naturally. Everything… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-17 France, 17th Jany. 1918. My Dearest Mary:– My poor letter that I wrote on the 15th came back to me last night – a wreck –… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-18 France, 18th Jan’y 1918 My Own Dearest:– I always get a letter – I can’t remember a night when I didn’t and,… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-19 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-20 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-21 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-22 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-23 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-24 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-25 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-26 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-27 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-28 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-29 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-30 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-01-31 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »

February 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-02-01 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-02 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-03 There is no letter for this date.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-04 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-05 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-06 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-07 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-08 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-09 There is no letter for this date. … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-10 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-11             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-12             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-13             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-14             February 14th 1918 My Dearest Sweetheart:– This morning when I got up Miller told me… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-15             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-16             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-17 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-18 France, 18th Feb’y 1918. My Dearest:– There is ever so little interesting to write about to-day nothing exciting happening  no… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-19             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-20             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-21             France 21st Feb’y 1918 My Dearest Maidie:– I am very sick troops to-day –… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-22             France, 22nd Feby 1918 My Dearest Sweetheart:– Behold me in bed – almost a real… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-23             France, 23rd Feby, 1918 My Own Dearest:– I got up this morning and “went sick”.… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-24             France, 24-2-18. My Dearest; This has been a perfectly good sort of a Sunday. I have been… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-25             France, 25th Feby, 1918. My Dearest Own Maidie:– I didn’t get some letters to-day… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-26             France, 26th Feby. 1918.   My Dearest: You know every time I start writing you –… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-27             France, 27th Feby 1918 My Dearest Mary:– I have just finished reading your good old… View this letter »
Letter 1918-02-28 [This is scrawled across the top of the page:] I remember that I was going to write something on the other side the time I put “P.T.O”… View this letter »

March 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-03-01 France. March 1st .18 My Own Dearest:– Just had another good old letter – Gosh ! how I love your letters – and look… View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-02 France. 2ND March 1918 My Dearest Sweetheart:– I am resting comfortably after a good old trudge – sixteen “K’s”… View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-03 France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-04 France. 4th Mar. 1917 My Dearest Maidie:– Here another day wiped off the slate and I am another day nearer you. You know it is a great… View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-05 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-06 France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-07             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-08 [this is scrawled in the top left corner:] Je t’aime beaucoup. (plus que tu m’aime.)              … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-09            France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-10 France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-11 France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-12             France,                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-13 France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-14 France. 14th March, 1918   My Dearest Maidie:– I am afraid I made an awful hash of writing last night but I was awfully pressé… View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-15             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-16             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-17             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-18             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-19             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-20             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-21             France.                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-22             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-23             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-24             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-25             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-26             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-27             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-29             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-30             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-03-31             France.                        … View this letter »

April 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-04-01             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-02                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-03                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-04                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-05                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-06                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-07                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-08                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-09                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-09                                       … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-10             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-11             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-12             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-13             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-14             France. 14th April 1918 My Dearest:– The two letters I had tonight were delicious, my… View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-15             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-16             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-17 [This is written across the upper left corner:] I love you an awful lot, Dear   Ross              … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-18             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-19             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-20             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-21             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-22             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-23             France. 23rd April. My Own:- I got two letters tonight and I am kicking over the traces with… View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-24             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-25             France, 25th Apr. 1918   My Dearest Maidie:– Let the great big world keep turning… View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-26             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-27             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-28             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-29             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-29             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-04-30             France.                        … View this letter »

May 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-05-01             May 1st 1918   My Dearest:– It has always been the big ambition of my life to… View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-03             France. May 3rd 1918   My Own Dearest:– I have spent all the day in the ‘back… View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-04             France.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-05             France May 5th 1918.   My Own Sweetheart:– I am writing in a real room in a real… View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-06             France                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-14             Bexhill,                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-15             Bexhill, Sussex.                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-05-17             C.P.S.                        … View this letter »

September 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-09-12             France, 12th Sept. 1918   My Own:– The first leg of our journey is over and it… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-13             France Sept. 13th                        … View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-16             France.            16th Sept. 1918.   My… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-17             Sept. 17th 1918 My Own Dearest:– Je suis arrivé. After a long full day by foot… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-18             18th Sept. 1918   My Own Dearest:– This will be a dreadful scrawl for I am half… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-19             France. 19-9-18. My Own: It’s late, according to my lights, about half past nine. We… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-20             France. 20-9-18   My Dearest Maidie:– It’s a broth of a day, warm and summery… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-21             Sept. 21st 1918 My Sweetheart:– Somehow or other I am getting shaken down into the way… View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-22                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-23                         France.            … View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-24                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-25                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-26                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-09-30                                    … View this letter »

October 1918

Type Date Excerpt
Letter 1918-10-01                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-02                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-03                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-04                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-05                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-06                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-07                                    … View this letter »
Letter 1918-10-08                                    … View this letter »

Where are the rest of the letters?

At present only the first three months of Ross’s letters to Mary are available on the site. We are looking for sponsors for this project. As soon as resources allow, the remaining 12 months of letters—along with the accompanying documents, maps, and background information—will be posted.