31st March 1916

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31st March 1916 The Commander in chief rode past the village on Thursday – but Kitchener was not with him; in the afternoon the Officers went over to Rebreuviette, for a lecture on the Retreat from Mons; the Brigadier’s field … Continued

29th March 1916

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29th   March 1916 Morning parade in the snow; there is to be a brigade exercise on Friday and Arthur’s Company is to take the part of the “enemy”; Field Marshal Kitchener is to ride past the village tomorrow; fellow … Continued

28th March 1916

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28th March 1916 Fine weather for a morning route march – exercising Arthur’s map reading skills; Company sports in the afternoon; Arthur has been so busy he has had no time to change his boots! Arthur to Dollie Billets, France, … Continued

27th March 1916

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27th March 1916 Another long day for Arthur – morning parade, meetings, preparations for the Brigade sports; the general stands them up; the haddock for breakfast was a great success; news that they may be stationed near Arras for another … Continued

26th March 1916

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26th March 1916 Another busy day for Arthur, so another short letter for Dollie; the fish arrived safely so will be eaten for breakfast tomorrow; the cold weather has given Arthur a toothache. Arthur to Dollie Billets – France, Sunday … Continued

25th March 1916

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25th March 1916 Just a short letter to Dollie tonight – Arthur has had a busy day of parades, football finals and paid the men – so he is understandably exhausted. Arthur to Dollie Billets – France, Satur. even 9.35pm … Continued

24th March 1916

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24th   March 1916 Dollie is feeling dull and Arthur does his best to cheer her up; letters from home – from the Mater and sister Laura [who is to marry Charles Mompalao de Piro in May]; the snow has … Continued

23rd March 1916

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23rd March 1916 Arthur assures Dollie that they are nowhere near Soissons, as suggested by her Mother – in fact he gives her a coded message in this letter, indicating their current location is near Arras! Arthur to Dollie Billets … Continued

22 March 1916

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22nd   March 1916 Arthur is asked to dinner with Dollie’s brother Evie – but declines the invitation as he is tired, and has no desire to go as “it savours of a ‘thick’ night”; more dull and damp weather, … Continued

21st March 1916

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21st   March 1916 A dull day for Arthur – spending the morning marching along the wet roads – then filling the time with routine company work; a parcel from Dollie’s mother helps relieve the boredom. Arthur to Dollie Billets, … Continued

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