19th December 1916

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Arthur is finally home again,  never to return to France and The Western Front  (although he doesn’t know this until he is able to look back after the war). In January 1917 he was showing signs of shell-shock and , … Continued

17th December 1916

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17th December 1916 Arthur’s last known letter to Dollie from the Western Front: it is Sunday and he has been to Mass and Communion with brother Alfred. No mail today, and in the replay of the football match, Arthur’s team … Continued

16th December 1916

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16th December 1916 In anticipation of leave, Dollie suggests Arthur and she stay at No3 for Christmas [instead of at the Noel’s]. The weather is sunny and the men’s football match ends in yet another draw – so they will … Continued

15th December 1916

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15th December 1916 Arthur is almost mad with excitement – a warning note has been handed to him indicating that his leave is likely to start on 19th : “I am feeling absolutely intoxicated, dear, with the thought that, by … Continued

14th December 1916

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14th December 1916 Arthur has been at the Brigade all day – sitting on a Court Martial. During lunch there is a spirited conversation with the Brigadier about who would go home first if peace is declared: “… Regulars, Territorials … Continued

13th December 1916

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13th   December 1916 A long chatty letter from Arthur – and a Christmas card. Dollie seems to have it fixed in her head that brother Edouard may have some say in granting Arthur’s leave – but Arthur reassures her … Continued

12th December 1916

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12th December 1916 A short note from an exhausted Arthur – who has been at HQ most of the afternoon and evening. The old CO “Sammy” is due to return tonight, but Arthur fears there may be trouble ahead, as … Continued

10th December 1916

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10th December 1916 Arthur has heard more promising news about the longed-for months leave – the CO had written a supporting letter when he forwarded the application; more meetings with brother Alfred, including Sunday Mass and a trip to buy … Continued

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