Codford, 26 January

Posted: May 7, 2017 by saraherhodes in 1917

I have never experienced such icy winds as we are having now. Everything has been frozen up for several days. All our Soda Syphons are frozen. Even the water in the radiators of Motors freezes, while the car is in motion too.

Skating is to be had at various spots round here. I am leading a very easy life here, get up at 9 and start work from 9.30 to 10.00. Lunch 12.30 to 2.30, Tea 4.30 to 5.30, Dinner 6.30 to 8.30.

The work comes in rushes. I am at the office now. It is 9pm. Have cleaned up all correspondence and am waiting for it to come back from the typist for me to sign.

I go to town on the 1st February. Will probably get a couple of days leave as well. Fellows coming over from France say the mud is awful, especially in the shell holes. Dozens of men fall in at night and are never seen again. In several instances, they have had to get mules to pull men out, and some have had their backs broken, and many have died through the process. All liquor is forbidden into France now. Whiskey and even beer is getting very scarce in this country. When all luxuries are stopped, the people will begin to realise there is a War on.

It is a pity Australia is so far away. The majority of men over here are very disgusted with the attitude Australia is taking to the War, although they all want to get back again. I would like a little of Australian sun now. The days are getting longer but they don’t get any warmer I notice.

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