Serving on the Italian Frontier

Letter set to the Bromley & District Times from Gunner F Andrews, who was serving on the Italian frontier.

With pleasure I write these few lines as to the life on the Italian frontier. We left Blighty in the early part of ___, and had a great reception en route. The country is principally cultivated for fruit – grapes, peaches, &c. – the climate being very suitable. The cultivation is mostly carried out by oxen, and they seem to do the work well.

The scenery passing through in view of the snow-clad Alps was beautiful, also of the flowers growing wild cultivated in English gardens.

The boys here are all merry and bright and keeping fairly well – plenty of macaroni and stew (mulo) – but give me the good old English roast beef &c.

Being a Signaller of the battery, I get some exciting times on the lines, but still keep smiling, and looking forward to the time when I shall be home again and able to make a fresh start in civil life.

No doubt the keep supporters of the Bromley and District Chrysanthemum Society have wondered what has become of the secretary. Well, I am still doing my bit for the Old Country, and hope to return in time to commence operations for next year. Wishing the Bromley friends good health and good luck.

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