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 B├ęthune. 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"