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

9th December 1916

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9th December 1916 Arthur and Company are now safely out of the line and back in more comfortable billets, with gas lighting and a store! Even the wet and miserable weather cannot dampen Arthur’s spirits, because on taking advice from … Continued

8th December 1916

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8th December 1916 Arthur is still in trenches on the front line and the weather is wet and miserable. The Cadets have now left his charge and by happy coincidence one of them was a brother of one of his … Continued

7th December 1916

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7th December 1916 Arthur now admits to Dollie that they are back in the trenches and most of his spare time is taken up with instructing a group of Cadets. Dollie’s brother Edouard has been busy bodying about her finances, … Continued

6th December 1916

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6th December 1916 “I’m afraid this can not be a very long letter. I’ve been awfully busy to-day and at the last minute they sprang four Cadet Officers on me – who have taken all my time…& am praying that … Continued

5th December 1916

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5th December 1916 The weather has deteriorated and is: “… very angry & cold, with a bleak NE wind, and occasional rain or sleet”. But some Christmas spirit has been generated by the arrival of much welcome seasonal literature from … Continued

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