24TH FEB.1915: SOUTH STAFFS MOBILSATION STILL SECRET.

South Staffordshire BadgeeSOUTH  STAFFORDS WAR DIARY.

24th Feb. Bn Route March, recruits musketry, inspection of Transport, Signallers, Machine Gun Section &c.

Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: Postcard to Miss I.N.Hibbett, 95, Foden Rd. Walsall, Feb. 24th Bertie in Uniform1915.

IDA HIBBETT. 27 in 1914.
IDA HIBBETT.
27 in 1914.

We shall be doing this shortly.

Capt. Lister announced the day we embark is unknown, & so I guessed it would be kept secret after all. (1)

Marines arriving Ostend.
British Marines arriving at Ostend.   Fusilliers de la Marine anglaise arrivant a Ostende.

Read Mother & Basil’s letter with great interest & enjoyed the Queen cakes – ah – they do remind me of ode days.

I’m sorry I gave  Mother a poor impression of my health.  Yes – just a bit excited I never expected such a good thing  – too good to be true when I recognised the telegram that Sat. morning, & then again another goodbye.  I’ll try & be calm in future.

Best Love,  Bertie.   If you can manage it Sid can bring that French book with him.

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ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB
ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

NB This Post got lost & is late. (1) Army Training: ‘be prepared to move at a moment’s notice‘. (2Soldiers Eng- French Conversation Book for the Man at the Front.  W. M. Gallichan, writer/reporter.

NEXT POSTS: 28th Feb. 1915. Off at Last?Final Farewell Messages.

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