Original Letter

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 them I am afraid. And this time I was only partly to blame. It is very sad about Belcher – it is mighty sad when anyone one knows goes out here. I find that I am not nearly so callous as I thought I was and it makes me feel very badly when one of the boys takes off. It is nothing for them but for their relatives and friends it is hellish. And when a good fellow gets one good enough to get him to Blighty there is great rejoicing on his behalf. Absolutely every man is a hero even if he never comes into the spotlight sufficiently to get a medal – I mean the chaps in the trenches. There is not a better lot of men under the sky than these boys here.

To-night at supper at ‘B’ Coy (I have attached myself to ‘B’ for this move) Tommy Morrison and I started recalling “The White Company” and we nearly laughed ourselves sick. Do you remember it? The “petty bickerings” and the honourable advancement to be gained by strafing a man of his own or higher station in life. How he packed Lady Loring’s glove around on his shoulder – a ragged old linen glove. And the “perchances and “aroint thee” stuff. We sat on an old plow in a barn and laughed inordinately. Tommy is a dandy chap huge and loads of fun. Their Sergeants Mess consists of a plow a harrow and a wheel barrow – their furniture I mean – but they have a cook who could command his own price on any or all roads. To-night par exemple we had a great little steak with a fried egg followed by buttered toast – lots of toast and lots of butter and rice with dates and lots of cream and sugar on it. Eating that I forgot the dusty cobwebby old barn and that the part of the plow where my seat was was uncommonly sharp. I think that I shall always try and eat with “B”.

To-morrow we flit again and I am glad and sorry. Glad to be on the road – provided that the walk is not too long  but awfully sorry to leave this room and fire place. It has been comfortable and we have cleaned up a barrel of work to day. Why this room is actually warm! And there is all kinds of room and I know we shall never hit another like it.

Of course I love you to-day, Dearest, why this is the very day. I have been just leaping with love of you all the day long. And how could I possibly be any other way when I love the sweetest girl in all the world and she loves me. If I could only be with you to tell you really. I am thinking this second of the little couch at Louviers and the twilight and the old gray cathedral and we two – I want to be there to tell you a little of my love.Your own Ross

Operation Order

The Battalion will move to the MERVILLE Area to morrow by Bus or Lorry. ... Watches will be synchronized by runner at Battalion H.Q. at 6.30 A.M. The Signalling Officer is responsible for having the correct Brigade time.

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War Diary

Weather Foggy, Wind Variable. In Billets. Training in the morning under Coy. arrangements. Sports and Games in the afternoon.

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Map

  • Location: Le Peuplier
  • Battalion role: Unknown

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