Wednesday, December 30, 2015

With the Irish Guards - 30 December 1915

Postmark: 30 December 1915
"Just a P.C. to let you know I am well, hoping you are the same.  Did you go to father's?"

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

21 July 1915 - With the Irish Guards

Army Post Office: 21 July 1915
"Hoping you and Lucy are quite well..."

"Private Henry won the D.C.M. in continuing to throw bombs though twice wounded (the Irish are gifted at hurling things) till he was at last ordered off the field. The enemy replied with everything except rifle-fire and in the darkness of a rainy night “his machine-guns caused some annoyance,” till, after our artillery had failed to find them, the Battalion trench-mortars silenced them and allowed us to finish digging the new trenches and sap." Kipling

Sunday, July 19, 2015

19 July 1915 - With the Irish Guards

Postmark: Field Post Office 19 July 1915
"Thank you for your ever welcome letter"

The first week of July saw them returned to their own old trenches at Cuinchy—the fifty times fought-over line that ran from the La Bassée Canal to within a hundred yards of the La Bassée–Béthune road." Kipling

Friday, July 17, 2015

17 July 1915 - With the Irish Guards

Postmark: Field Post Office 17 July 1915

"Post card to let you know I got the photo all right.  It is very good... I will write a letter tomorrow.  It is wet here at present"

Father Gwynne, also, came back from his two months’ rheumatism cure, relieving Father Knapp. He was not quite restored and so was forbidden by the C.O., to show himself in the front line for at least ten days. It is to be hoped that he obeyed, but in a battalion where the call for the priest goes out with, or before, the call for stretcher-bearers, neither shepherds nor flock are long separated under any circumstances. They tell the tale of one of their priests who, utterly wearied, dropped for an hour’s sleep in a trench that was being deepened under fire. He was roused by a respectful whisper from the working-party: “We’ve dug to your head an’ your feet, Father, an’ now, if you’ll get up, we’ll dig out under the length of ye.”  Kipling.

Saturday, March 28, 2015

28 March 1915 - With the Irish Guards

Postmark: Field Post Office 28 March 1915
"What do you think of this town?  All France is like that now"

The end of the month was filled with constructive work and the linking up and strengthening of trenches, and the burial, where possible, of “the very old dead”—twenty-nine of them in one day—and always unrelaxing watch and ward against the enemy."  Kipling

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

St Patrick's Day 1915 - With the Irish Guards

St Patrick's Day, Tuesday 17 March 1915, 

"Queen Alexandra sent the Battalion their shamrock; telegrams wishing them good luck were duly received from Lord Kitchener, Colonel of the Battalion, Brigadier-General Nugent, and a letter from Sir Charles Monro commanding the First Army Corps. Father Gwynne held an open-air service in the early morning, and every man was given a hot bath at Béthune. More important still, every man who wanted it had free beer with his dinner, and in those days beer was beer indeed."

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ypres - With the Irish Guards

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(1)"Just to let you know I am still alive and kicking... what do you think of poor Ypres?  A bit knocked about don't you think...  (2) There are five of us in a little dugout.  You would laugh if you saw two of them as white as a sheet.  I reckon they will faint if this does not soon stop"

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Which way to...

This is the directions board at the Pennsylvania hospital my family had the misfortune to spend far too much time inside.  I was looking for the intensive care unit.  It ranks below the tax sheltered annuity office...

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

1914-1918 - With the Irish Guards

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"This is my chief... a photo he had taken before the war..  Look at the Policeman.  He is standing on a step to make himself bigger and uses a dog to cover his feet."

- - There is no date  for this card.  If anyone knows of similar cards then please let me know.