26th November 1915

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26th November 1915 Arthur is stuck at Boulogne and is wild with annoyance – he could have had another 24 hours at home; a clear moonlit crossing; no trains are available until the evening, so after brekker they have lunch in … Continued

25th November 1915

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25th November 1915 Arthur is writing in the train on his way to the boat at Southampton, after 10 days of home leave; he is at a loss to know what to say to Dollie – he is still in … Continued

8th November 1915

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8th November 1915 Arthur is kept busy showing the Commanding Officers of the Sherwood Foresters round the posts he is currently in command of; the Londons are relieved but there is a scramble to find them billets locally; still no … Continued

7th November 1915

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7th November 1915 Arthur despairs of finding the time to write to Dollie; yesterday was spent pulling up barbed wire; the fine weather has turned to mist; still no definite news of leave. Arthur to Dollie Fortified House, Sun. 8.30am … Continued

6th November 1915

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6th November 1915 The first frost of the year; Arthur is trying desperately to answer all of Dollie’s welcome letters; the reorganisation of the Division still means leave is uncertain; Arthur has hopes that now they are part of a … Continued

5th November 1915

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5th November 1915 Arthur has been sending Dollie postcards for the last few days – this is his first chance to write since 30th October. Arthur’s leave has been cancelled due to reorganisation of the Divisions; a long, wet march … Continued

5th September 1915

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5th September 1915 More welcome post from home and the “Fusilier Whisper” from Dick in Khartoum; a quiet day – Mass & Communion and breakfast with the Padre; a walk North with Beresford, away from the all too familiar scenery … Continued

4th September 1915

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4th September 1915 A pleasant Company dinner breaks the monotony; hopes for more home leave but nothing is certain; Dollie checks with Arthur about going to a dance; the wind is blowing from the “home” direction, making Arthur wish even … Continued

3rd September 1915

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3rd   September 1915 Arthur is feeling the loss of 3 more men dying of wounds, killed by the unlucky ricochet of the German shell last Sunday; the wet weather isn’t helping his mood either; the Company have since moved … Continued

25th April 1915

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25th   April 1915 Arthur is safely back in billets; a bonanza of letters from Dollie and a welcome parcel – finally Arthur can have a shave; an account of the last few days – immediate departure from the trenches … Continued

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