People hardly know how we appreciate such comforts here.

25th February 1916 (page 2)

OUR WARMEST TIME

Our genial correspondent, Corporal Gutteridge, Royal West Kent Regiment, says:-

Letter writing in the trenches

“Deart Sir, – Have been very busy. Have been relieved from the trenches after being away from the rest camp for twelve days. My word! It has been our warmest time.

The Germans have done nothing else but shell us, the shells dropping right in our trenches. But we have been very lucky.

They must have sent, in all, something like a thousand shells; and we only had six casualties.

We expected them to follow their shelling with a charge, but they never came luckily for them, as they had got out temper up. I could have done with “Ford’s Peace Party” though for a short time, so as to give time for a clean up.

We looked some nice boys by the time we were relieved.

I should like to thank the ladies, on behalf of the boys of B Company, 8th Royal West Kents, who have so kindly provided us with comforts, and also Mrs Ross, wife of Captain Ross, who has appealed on our behalf. People hardly know how we appreciate such comforts here.

Please put the letter together for me, as I am rather busy; and hope soon to have bayonet charges.”

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