Letter from the trenches

In he married again. Just opposite to where I was in the trench we captured 17 machine guns on a 22 yard front. It continued to give me high hopes during war.

Just a few lines in reply to your kind and ever welcome letter and glad to see by it that you are all well at home. Columnists First World War centenary: The battle took place on 16th June.

After all my work, this is my thanks. Their losses must have been appalling.

First World War centenary: Letters from the trenches reveal horror faced by our boys

How was the treatment of the sick or injured organized at home and abroad? The rest of this letter is now available in the pdf containing all the transcripts 1st January, from Reg Knight the Y. Letters only took two or three days to arrive from Britain. What training was carried out before they were sent to fight?

The Bosch is moving and we crawl quickly on to the wire - past two huge shell holes to the first row. The shell hit burst about 30 yards from my detachment, killing the officer, a sergeant and a gunner, while I was wounded in the right leg by a piece of shrapnel, which hit the gun wheel first, afterwards going into my leg.

I know it will be hard but be as cheerful over this parting as possible, and then set out to find a home where perhaps the bread earner has been called away and be a comfort and help to them. Yesterday was not that great darling. We arrived at the place about half past one in the morning so that we were put into an old trench and told to await orders so you can have an idea that our nerves were strung to the highest pitch.

Two or three tins are cut off as we go. Most men decided it would be better to conceal the horrors of the trench warfare. All in the parcel was alright By the Army Postal Service employed 4, soldiers.

We enjoyed the cake etc very much. I just wish all the noise was absent for just a day, the bombs were just awful to hear! I was thankful when our three days in billets were over and we were back in trenches again.

Always remember me and never, dear one, let anybody else have your love. Carry out research on the life of an individual soldier. I must thank you for what you sent me in your parcel. God bless you my dear, dear wife my one prayer is that God will look after you serve Him faithfully darling so that someday we shall meet again never more to part.

They are as vivid and poignant today as they were all those years ago. In addition, last week we got together with our mates were we had encountered five rats!

Do any soldiers give their opinion about the war? I am giving no state secrets away, only telling bare facts, so I think I can sighn my name on the back, I did intend to write to you a few days ago, but there was an awful din going on we were staying in a cellar in the day and working in the trenches or in front of the trenches at night.

His parents received a letter from a captain telling them: I saw them bringing in the prisoners — hundreds of them. Leppard of East Grinstead wrote a letter to his mother on 19th December, I said a prayer and lit a candle for him at Mass on Sunday.

The aeroplanes fly at a great height and as a rule are out of range. I am said to have absolutely no nerves. He was court martialled, imprisoned and reduced in rank but was later freed on the evidence of other officers. There is a small ledge along the front on which one stands in order to fire over the sandbag and cut into the rear of the trench are the dugouts, these are small caves with room enough for two men to lie down in, there is space enough to sit up in one of these but not enough to stand up in.

However, we have not included full images for several letters as these would have proved too difficult to read online.letters from the trenches ' A fresh and moving insight into the hearts and minds of people at war ' SianPrice, author of the best-selling 'If You're Reading This ' ' Jacqueline Wadsworth brings us closer to the men and women who endured those four terrible years ' Peter Doyle, military historian and WW1 author.

3 a few days ago, and we went to the trenches in daylight; we saw the Germans coming in to attack but no one knocked us off work. I was Orderlie to one of our. Life in WW1 Trenches Overflowing toilets would also give off an uninviting odour.

The men would not have washed for months; this would give the smell of sweat with the feet being the worst. Add to this the smell of cooking food, tobacco smoke, rotting sandbags and a lingering odour of poisons gas. Letters home from the Western Front in the First World War gave a snapshot of the horrendous conditions suffered by Ulster soldiers in the trenches.

On today's th anniversary of the declaration of war by Britain, we highlight some of the messages sent back to anxious friends and family. Letters from the First World War, is based on the first half of the RAIL record. We have labelled each letter according to a theme from the First World War.

For example, some letter writers have detailed their experience of the trenches, injury, or active service in the Dardanelles and India or training prior going abroad.

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Letters from the trenches: First World War soldiers in their very own words. A new book provides an insight into the heartache, humour and quiet heroism of the British squaddie.

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