4th December 1916

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4th December 1916 Dollie has had the idea of Arthur applying for Christmas leave in Paris and he will ask fellow officer Davis how to apply. More importantly Arthur may qualify for a whole month’s leave soon. Dollie is tasked … Continued

3rd December 1916

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3rd December 1916 A cold frosty day but at least they have had no rain recently and the ground is frozen hard. To ease the boredom Arthur has been borrowing books from Rochford – a fellow officer – revisiting literature … Continued

2nd December 1916

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2nd December 1916 Dollie has sent Arthur an enormous parcel and they have already made great inroads into the food. A fellow officer, Davis, has a wife living in Paris and he reports: “Coal & gas are very hard to … Continued

1st December 1916

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1st December 1916 Arthur and Company have been out of the front line for a few days now and he is starting to enjoy the finer things in life: “After the show we went into Estaires again to the Hotel … Continued

30th November 1916

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30th November 1916 Arthur is writing earlier in the day because this evening he is off to La Gorgue to see the Bow Belles new show. No mail has arrived yet but they have a copy of a recent newspaper … Continued

29th November 1916

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29th November 1916 Arthur makes life in a derelict unfurnished farmhouse sound almost civilised – changing for dinner: “This afternoon I went up to HQ on some business at 2 but was back shortly before 4. I had a few … Continued

28th November 1916

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28th November 1916 News from Dollie – she has been to see a show at the Palace and Arthur remembers other visits there, in happier times. Dollie is also going to recite at a fund-raising concert – and is feeling … Continued

27th November 1916

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27th November 1916 A short note tonight from Arthur as: “A great heap of things have come in from HQ that must be seen to. They are a nuisance…” Friend Sandes is having yet another operation and Arthur generously suggests … Continued

26th November 1916

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26th November 1916 Arthur is relieved to be out of the front line and in new billets – they are a little spartan: “… there wasn’t a stick of furniture in it. But we’ve rigged up a table and borrowed … Continued

25th November 1916

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25th   November 1916 Arthur has been asked by the mother of one of his comrades killed in action [Cyril Crichton] to see if he could visit her son’s grave. Alas “I haven’t been able to get down to Port Arthur … Continued

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