Section commander

Posted: April 1, 2015 by saraherhodes in 1915

Monday we started on our rest. There were only seventeen men left of A Coy., all the others had gone to bivouac. We didn’t do anything on Tuesday – too rough to go out. Wednesday we did one or two trips, and in the evening the battalion came back. They had had a long tiring march but very interesting, and though wonderful scenery. Crowie went into raptures over it – reckons he is going to write ‘reams and reams of poetical dreams’. I will try and send you a copy of it when it is written.

Yesterday was indeed a red letter day for us. Our long lost and deferred mail turned up. There were 112 bags for the Brigade. It was all piled into our cabin, and it filled it up completely, the room is, I should say, something like 16’ x 16’ x 8’.

Last night was like Christmas morning; paper was lying everywhere, and fellows were tearing round excitedly waving letters and papers, and they were just like a swarm of bees round the lights. It is six weeks since we have seen letters at all, so you can imagine we fastened on to them. I got 15 letters and four papers. You have no idea how welcome they all were. I don’t know how I will ever be able to answer them all, especially as our letters are being censored. I think I will have to answer them fully here, and just send précis when our mail leaves. Lieut. Holmes was the recipient of that fox’s brush. One of our officers is known as the “submarine ‘B4’, you see.

There is no need for you to worry about health, I am in the pink of condition, and all the others are getting too fat to move. I have resigned from the crew now. It will mean going out on parade, but it will give me a chance of seeing the island, and as Sgt. Thomlinson, our platoon sergeant, is in charge of the crew, and Sgt. Clark takes his place, I will have charge of the section. This is the first time I have been on parade since we left Alexandria.


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