Letter to Jack, May 13 1919


Dear Jack
Just a line to let you know what I have received your letter. We are in a out of the way place just now, if you have an old shirt or a towel will you send it on as soom as possible as it is very hard to get changes up here there is about 40 of us guarding a dump it consists of all sorts guns etc.. Write as soon as you can and let me know all the news. I am please that you and Agnes are keeping in good health. If you have got an old shirt send it on as soon as possible. my address is at present.
32507
9th Y+L
attached R.M.F
A.P.O.
L.1. Box R
I.E.F
Italy
With Best love to you both Harry
I will write again in a day or two and tell you a bit more.

Sorry, that's all there is. I suppose that there's not the urgency now that the fighting's stopped. No hint of any return home yet. Rocco has found a little more local evidence that Harry is billeted at Rivalta Scrivia. BL

7 comments:

The Clever Pup said...

I love the idea of a site like this. Well done. I've been tracking some French Soldiers from the 54th artillery that I found on postcards from a french auction. I also have clipping and letters from a Canadian soldier of WW1.

This is great. I'm favouriting you and will read from the beginning soon.

Anonymous said...

'Send an old shirt'? Any idea why? I mean, I would've assumed that the Army kept the soldiers well clothed, but this sounds otherwise.

Also, Harry sounds pretty depressed; understandable, since the war's been over for months and he's STILL not home.

Yantram BPO said...

This is great. I am favouriting you and will read from the beginning soon.

Kittybriton said...

I wonder whether Harry is asking for something he can wear during off-duty hours?

Guarding a dump! How much longer can the Army drag it out?

Sgt Sam Avery said...

Hello Harry:
Sorry to hear you are down in the dumps. Ha! Cheer up, the Hun could still be shooting at you as they are me. I won't speak of the chance but I had a close time with a German dud the other day. Stop by for a read when you have the chance.

Cheers,
Sam

Anonymous said...

My copy of the book arrived yesterday morning: thanks, Bill! So far I've only skimmed through, but it looks great: lots of expanded explanation of what was happening, lots of photos. It's a beautiful testament to Harry and all the others who served in the Great War.

I'm diving in in-depth today, and I'm going to TRY to stop with May 1919.... not sure if I have the willpower, but I don't want to 'skip ahead' of Harry's letters in this blog!

with much appreciation; Gustav's great-granddaughter (AKA Paula, the computer Luddite)

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