31st August 1916

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31st August 1916 A very brief line from Arthur today – he was so tired last night he fell asleep and did not close the day’s letter to Dollie: so he sends her a good morning wish.  Arthur to Dollie … Continued

30th August 1916

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30th August 1916 A miserable sort of day for Arthur: no mail from Dollie, soaking wet after a day’s training, and the final blow – eviction from their school house Mess when the Schoolmaster’s family turn up without warning (during … Continued

29th August 1916

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29th August 1916 Another long, tiring training day for Arthur, in close and muggy weather – they are finally drenched returning to billets by a storm, which “fell upon us with a fierce violence”. Arthur is delighted to receive two … Continued

28th August 1916

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28th August in 1916 Arthur has the final confirmation from home that sister Inez has died and he resolves to write to his Mother. The early morning training sessions are taking their toll – the days are long and the … Continued

27th August 1916

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27th August 1916 Poor Arthur is in a quandary – he hopes against hope that the news about sister Inez is not true. It would appear Dollie has written to him suggesting they scale down their wedding plans after hearing … Continued

25th August 1916

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25th August 1916 Arthur is thankful for the arrival of the post and a parcel from Dollie’s sister Amy. The weather is oppressive and threatening, with a downpour earlier in the evening – and the rain has started again. Most … Continued

24th August 1916

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24th August 1916 Arthur has been on the march for the past two days and has had no opportunity to write to Dollie – nor has he heard from her. Dollie’s celebrated her birthday on 22nd August, and Arthur is … Continued

21st August 1916

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21st August 1916 The disorganised mail arrangements have meant that Arthur has not been able to manage a daily letter to Dollie recently and her post is also slow in reaching him; it would seem that Dollie has suggested meeting … Continued

20th August 1916

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20th August 1916 A welcome chance to put pen to paper – Arthur has been on the move for the past few days and hasn’t been able to write to Dollie – not even a post card; they were delayed … Continued

17th August 1916

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17th August 1916 The hot weather has turned to rain – on both sides of the channel: Dollie’s recent boating party was rained on, and Arthur is glad they are not in the front line at the moment. Arthur asks … Continued

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