29th February 1916

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29th February 1916 Recent rain has almost cleared the snow but the Companies are set to stay billeted in St Ouen for at least the next two weeks; Arthur is delighted to tell the new Brigadier [Nugent] that he has … Continued

28th February 1916

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28th   February 1916 A detailed description of the appearance of the “Jovilians” concert party; an exhausting walk through the snow from Airaines to new billets at St Ouen – the countryside is marshy and hard going, with many a … Continued

26th February 1916

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26th February 1916 Arthur is feeling dull at the prospect of yet another move to new billets, early tomorrow: “I’m a home bird & hate this nomad sort of existence, where one is forever settling down only to have to … Continued

25th February 1916

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25th February 1916 Arthur’s letter is badly damaged by the base Censor; the Companies are given orders to move at short notice, but then the move is postponed for a few days; it is snowing heavily but drill still continues; … Continued

24th February 1916

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24th February 1916 Rumour of a move to new billets (which is later confirmed); the Pater (at home in Hampstead) has had a fall – but it seems no bones are broken; the wintry weather has turned into a snow … Continued

23 February 1916

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23rd February 1916 The weather has turned bitterly cold so Arthur seeks the warmth of the Officers Mess to write his letters; a present for Dollie’s brother, Evie [Noel]; Daisy has a dream [about brother Edgar “and his girl from … Continued

22nd February 1916

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22nd   February 1916 Not many letters today – for anyone – and Arthur is feeling the lack of news from home; the CO is back and the current Company arrangements are to remain – Arthur is still in charge … Continued

20th February 1916

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21st February 1916 Arthur’s missing letter to Dollie finally turns up in Hampstead; leave is open for the men but not for Officers; a sunny trip in a hired car to Abbeville – where Arthur buys a new flask and … Continued

20th February 1916

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20th February 1916 Arthur remembers his sad parting from Dollie – just one week ago; some of his letters have finally arrived home in Hampstead – but not the ones describing his journey back to France by train and boat; … Continued

19th February 1916

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19th February 1916 Arthur catches up with Dollie’s brothers [Edouard and Evie Noel], just back from leave, and now in charge of two Companies; Arthur is in charge of a third Company. He hopes to visit Abbeville by rail whilst … Continued

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