Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: Y.M.C.A. (1) POSTCARD to Mr BASIL HIBBETT c/o Mrs Hardcastle, 7, Victoria Sq, Whitby, Yorkshire. (Censor M. Davey)
Date 14/ 8/ 15. 8 am.
Got your interesting PC last night which was forwarded from the Front to me at No 6 General Base, Rouen (2).Am looking forward to your long letter & tell me if you get my letterI wrote on the 12th.
Best love to Mum & all of you. Bertie.
6 pm. Just got a letter from you & Idaas I am off to post this lovely sunny evening.
SOUTH STAFFORDS WAR DIARY
S. W. SLOPE OF HILL 60.
13 th Aug. Fri:Enemyshrapnelledour working party in 37 new Communication Trench, slightly damaging the parapet. Our Artilleryreplieddamaging enemy parapet.Vicinity of 35 supportshrapnelled by enemywithout doing any damage.CASUALTIES: WOUNDED: 8079 Pte W. Aldridge; 9055 Pte B. Chamberlain; 9067 Pte E. Jonesaccidentally wounded.
14th Aug, Sat:Suspicious noises reported under 35Trench about 2 am. Nothing further heard during the day.CASUALTIES: WOUNDED: 9582 Pte W. Ellis; 9647 Pte B. G. Humphries; 8839 Sgt. W. J. Callow; 91 85 Cpl. H. W. Green,slightly wounded remain at duty.****
Lance Corp. SYDNEY HIBBETT: FIELD SERVICE POSTCARD to Miss I. N. HIBBETT, 95, Foden Rd. Walsall.
I am quite well and am going on well. I have received your letter dated Aug 9th. Letter follows at first opportunity. Sydney.
Aug. 14th 1915.
(1) Young Men’s Christian Association. (cfLetter 20th Feb. 1915. Saffron Walden ‘YMCA Hut Opened’, one of nearly 300 in first year of War). Note Red Trianglesymbol in photo below.
(2) B.E.F. ROUEN: No 6 Gen. Hospital is not mentioned in ‘A Little Book of Words & Doings’ for 10th Oct 1915, but like No 9. & No 12. Hospitals, No 6. was in the vicinity of Rouenrace courses.cf Great War Forum, ‘Old Sweats’ online. <http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/ymca.php>
Pte BERTIE HIBBETT:A Little Book of Words & Doings(1).
‘ Went for a Rest to Base at Rouen, Medical Inspection. After 4 days I was stated unfit for Entrenching. Sent to 12 General Hospital & 9 Gen. Hospital with boils (2).Fine sunny weather. Lovely wards at No 12. Two Irish sisters at No 9. Fussy little elderly sister. Fine time at YMCA Huts – attended Bible Class in afternoon. Good food at T.B. (3). Learnt chess at YMCA with Ruberry.’
FIELD SERVICE POSTCARD to Arthur Hibbett Esq. c/o Mrs Hardcastle, 7, Victoria Square, Whitby, Yorkshire, England . Same FPC to Ida Hibbett,95, Foden Rd Walsall.
I am quite well. I am sent down to the base. Letter follows at first opportunity.
Bertie HibbettAug. 12th/15.
Lance Corporal SYDNEY HIBBETTremained at theFront.
SOUTH STAFFORDS WAR DIARY. S.W. SLOPE OF HILL 60.
11th Aug. Wed: Very quiet day. Aeroplanes of both sides very active.CASUALTY: 8825 Pte S.J. Parkesslightly wounded. Remained at duty.
12th Aug Thurs. Enemy grenades fell short of 37trench. Enemy working partyobserved and bombedopposite36 trench. Sounds of enemy mining reported by listeners in defensive mine in 37 trenchbut could not determine in what direction.Hill 60 trenchmortaredfrom 37 trench. CASUALTIES: WOUNDED: 7886 Pte S. Noble. 9415 Pte W. Pearson.
(1)Note Book most probably begun in Hospital at Rouen. Aug. – Oct. 1915.
(2) ROUEN: B.E.F. General Headquarters in France. Many R.A.M.C. Stationary & General Hospitals. Main point of Red Cross casualty evacuation to England (getting a ‘Blighty‘ – See Bertie’s question on PC to Ida, 11th Oct. 1915 above). No 12 Gen. HospitalRouen held 1,350 beds in tents. No 12 (and possibly No 9) were in vicinity of ‘champs de courses’ (race courses), cf ‘Great War Forum‘ ‘TheLong Long Trail’ and ‘Old Sweats‘ online.
9th Aug. Mon: Furnished Working Parties to RE. CASUALTY: 6443 L/ Cpl J. Williams wounded.10th Aug.Tue: Ditto.
Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: A Little Book of Words & Doings.
“Aug. 10th 1915: Last conversation with Capt. Cozens* (Tim) on leaving Railway Dugouts. Not been five minutes with him before a whole crowd was round him. Talked of a Charge in which Earl Cardigan (1) , dressed in civvies with frock coat, fancy socks, swagger cane & cigar astonished theenemy. Offered Tim a State Express cig. Harper* and Serg Major Gee* whom I saw also. All three killed while I was at Rouen. Aug – Oct 14th.“
Lance Corporal SYDNEY HIBBETT: FIELD SERVICE POSTCARD to Miss I. Hibbett, 95, Foden Rd, Walsall.
I am quite well. I am going on well. Letter follows at first opportunity.
Sydney. Aug 10th/ 15 .
On Tues, 10th August, 1915, Pte Bertie Hibbettwas sent down toB.E.F. Baseat Rouen for a Rest. He had been ‘recommended for a rest’ by R.A.M.C. since 25th July. Hisfeet were considered unfit for the march from Wulverghem to Ouderdom Divisonal Base, Ypres Salient, so he went by‘ambulance’.
(1) Earl Cardigan, 1872 – 1961: George William James Chandos Brudenell-Bruce, 6th Marquis of Ailesbury, styled ‘Earl of Cardigan’ from 1894.Boer War awarded D.S.O. (Distinguished Service Order). WW1 mentioned in Despatches/ awarded T.D. (Territorial Decoration). Knight of the Garter/ St John; J.P; Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire.
(2) ‘Swagger cane’. A short stick(not cane) made of rattan. Symbol of one in authority usually military. e.g. RomanArmycenturions in Punic Wars. 264-146 BC.
3rd Aug,Tue:In Brigade Reserve. One platoon and one Machine Gun R7. One section R8.4th Aug. to 8th Aug:Furnished Working Parties to RE. CASUALTIES: 5th Aug: WOUNDED: 8397 Sgt. J. W. Barber.6th Aug:KILLED: 8835 Pte J. Harker. 8th Aug:WOUNDED: 9612Pte W. Bradley, 9082Pte C. Mocroft.
Pte BERTIE HIBBETT : LETTER to IDA HIBBETT, 95, Foden Rd Walsall.
Paddling(Summer Holidays). Sunday Aug 8/ 15.
My Dear Sister,
I was really expecting a letter from youwhen I went to the pile of letters & parcelsthis morning but the only thing for us was a hugeneatlywrapped up box of good thingsfromWhitby.
I have just enjoyed the cake, forgive me dear Ida, I do like some good cake & a hot drink of tea, so I got a mess tin of water & made some teafrom Mother’s she sent. I also tucked into the apricot& had a slice of cucumber on a tea cake.
Sydney digs out farther down the line. We are in some dugoutsalong the . . . (words crossed out)
censored. . . and end missing.
A.H. Hibbett: Family Photograph Album.
‘This photograph was with me when I saw Ypres ClothHall shelled to the ground. Railway Dugouts, Yves Canal Railway Embankment’. [Kept in his Little Khaki Case].
LETTER to MOTHER & FATHER in Whitby, Yorks (first page missing/ address on the back).
Mount Pleasant, Railway DugoutSunday Aug 8/ 15.
. . . How long is he (2) staying inWhitby?
I see you have to do with a pencil now on holiday& I wonder if you are writing again this afternoon.Glad you like the house. I fancy it is in the Square where Miss Foster* took apartments.Have you heard from her lately? How do you get on with the landlady? Sorry the weather is not so ‘nice’ as it should be.
I have taken some sheets from the note pad & Sydney has the pad in the box.
We had cold meat (mutton) today & if I had been early enough to go & see the parcelI should have had some cucumberwith the meat. Well I can enjoy it between a slice of bread & butter. We expect to be in the trenchestomorrow.
Harold & Miss Bore*I hope areenjoying a really good time & I hope Haroldfeels comfi within hisself like you, knowing he deserved his holiday.
Don’t let the holiday be spoilt by thinking of us too much. I am feeling better today thank you Mummy. Yes I am so sorry about poor Jack Wade. “Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted” (3) – but we must mourn properly & it must not have any taint of selfishness .
WhitbyI daresay is quiet now – is it bracing & are there rough seas? You will spend one or two days at Salwick (4) & Goathland & have a wash in the sea & get brown eh!
Send us PCs of the places you go to& we can then hang them up in our dugouts.
I went digging again this morning in a trench round a lovely French house & got some flowersto decorate ‘Mount Pleasant’ – & I have Miss Bore’sPC of Sutton Park hung up & the one of our house again.
I daresay you have received my letters which I told Ida to forward to you. Tell me if you have them as I acknowledged the ripping currant bread, I did enjoy a good teaa week last Saturday. I can picture you all going shopping in Whitby for the contents of this last parcel. What a big one, how neatly it was packed & wrapped up. Convey my best thanks to Harold for the handsome, useful, solid, substantial case & such fine cigarettes. (By the by I do not smoke onSundays, just to make a difference to weekdays). His gifts always seem to come the day after I write a letter to him.
Can you read this letter dear Mummy?I wrote on both sides on some sheets & found that it made the writing indistinct. I am looking forward to the lovely bookof yours & the surprise– a bit of chocolatein me mouth now.
They want me to go for my rations now so will finish this when I have been. I should like this letter to go today but if I enjoy a good tea I might tell you in this letter how I liked the cake.
– Have come back – decided to tell you in my letter to Basil which I shall write in a day or so.
I read the lesson you had today, the one you will likely hear tonight, if you go, will be about Jeremiah (4) having his hand withered at the altar. Sydney told me I had missed Holy Communion when I went digging this morning. Sydney went & it was held in a cowhouse I believe.
Tea is on the boil in the brazier. Are you having a good tea? I can see you all round a nice table with white cloth on. I told you about the empty bed in Harold’sletter.
Best love to all Bertie.
PSEnclosed see the flower we often picked on holidays.Our Chaplain says it is Meadowsweet.
1) Ypres/ Yves. The city with its Cloth Hall(Medieval market halls for sale of quality woollen/ woven cloth/ a major commercial centre)was under constant bombardment throughout 1914 -1918.(2)Basil. (3) Matthew 5.4. Beatitude. (4) Salwick or Saltwick Bay: famous for its geology, fossils and ammonites.
(5 )1 Kings 13. 4: Lesson 10th Sunday of Trinity: Bertie mistakes Jeremiah forJereboam c. 922 -901:first King,Northern Israelite Kingdom (10 tribes).When he refused to believe a prophet’swarning that his ungodly altar would be destroyed by the House of David (3 southern tribes) his hand was withered as a sign. cf 2 Kings 23, 13-16.
2nd August, Mon: Mine explosion heard in the vicinity of St Eloi. Enemy trench mortared 37. Rifle fire much heavier than usual before daylight.
Enemy working partyobserved in same position as yesterday, wasdispersed by 3rd Staffs Battery. Between 9.20 and 10.00 amenemy shrapneled35, 36 and support trenches, parapetdamaged in threeplaces. Wind S.W.CASUALTY: KILLED: 8768 Pte J. Field. Relieved by 6th North Staffs about 10.30 pm.
Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: A Little Book of Words & Doings.
‘Bank Holiday’. In Trench 32, Hill 60, Listening Post with Charlie Harrison*(brother killed later – Oct 13 th). Sent souvenir card to Ida. Mother, Dad & Basil on holiday at Whitby. Received PC of Bombardments when at Railway Dugouts’.
LETTERto IDA HIBBETT, 95, Foden Rd, Walsall.
Bank Holiday (2). Anniversary of Declaration of War. 2/ 8/ 15.
My Dear Sister Ida,
Just come off fatigue – last journey through woods with big bag of coke.
The trees are nothing but trunks now & last night the sun, setting like a ball of fire, looked mystic as it shone through the straight tall trunks, some broken half way down (3).
I have just had a peep into my khaki photo case – I see your smiling face looking up as if at me with my hands folded at the back of my neck & Mother’spropheticlook as if she would miss her two sons sometime.
Then I wanted to feel cool, for it is hot again today, & so I looked at Sydney, Basil & mepeeping out of the tent.
We have been thinking of you & those at Whitby, Sydney and I.
Ida, it seems as though Mother & Fatherwill return to see thebeds Mother got ready,in case we had leave, untouched – but I heard thatleavehas been extended & there will be a likely chance of everyman getting home. Sergeantsfirst & married mennext (4).
I had dinner of my own cooking recipe:– boiled some potatoes (found while on digging night shift) for 1/4 hour then put some bully beef in & let boil, then some pea soup – served, tasted &liked it. – Another journey on fatigue after – and now I will finish my epistle.
How dost thee like the card – just for a moment of August 1st – in the trenches?By the by you can tell Mum that we got her parcel in the trenches too. About thesocks– well when I got Mrs Barrans*’ pair I gave them to Sydney as he needed a clean pair badly & so Sydney has given me hishe received on Saturday. Tell Mrs Barrans how greatly indebted I amto her & they will save my life(5). Yours, dear Ida, are so nice & soft & I felt a differenceimmediately.
Well I am going to have a ‘faire un petit somme’ (6) now so Good Luckto you & hope you’ll keep ’appyall alonein 95.
Best love Bertram.
PSYou can send this to Mother if you like & tell me if you got & forwarded the one yesterday to Mum.
A Note on Hill 60 Trench Numbers:-Pte Bertie Hibbettrecords he was inTrench 32, Hill 60, Listening Post on Aug. 2nd ‘Bank Holiday’,butthe South Staffords WarDiarymakes no mention ofTrench 32.
On 17th July, the Diary states the 1/5th Staffords took overthe sector,described by J.D. Hillis of 5th Leicesters as ‘containing trenches35at ‘Bomb Corner’, 36 and 37up to the Railway‘ – and theirsupport trenchesand that they were inTrench 38on July 28th. Since theDiaryalso records that from3rd – 9th Aug. theStaffords in Brigade Reserve, ‘furnished working parties to the R.E.‘, it is likely that Pte Bertie Hibbett, mining surveyorapprentice, and his ListeningPostpals had already been ‘furnished’ to theR.E. in Trench 32 (cf 1st Aug. Letter to Ida).
(1) Parapet: J.D.Hillis records ‘Our parapet in this area was one’s trench, for digging was impossible, and we lived behind a sort of glorified sandbag grouse butt, six feet thick at the base and two to three feet at the top, sometimes, but not always bullet proof‘. <http://www.genealogy.com/leicestershire/salient.htm >.
(2) August Bank Holiday was 2nd August in 1915. (3) Cf. Bertie Hibbett’s poetic description of Audley End Walk, Saffron Walden (Letter to Ida, Dec. 1914). (4) Home Leave: ‘unmarried privates last of all!’ (5) Socks: ref. to Pte Bertie’ssore ‘trench’ feet. (6) French for ‘Have a little nap‘.
NEXT POSTS: 8th AUGUST 1915. ‘Paddling Summer Holidays’ and ‘Mount Pleasant Railway Dugouts‘.
1st August 1915: HowitzersshelledHill 60 with good effect. Our 50 lbs Trench Mortar fired twice at Hill 60 & was damaged when firing the second bout, was repairedregimentally and in action again. Enemy fired 2 trench mortar shells at 37 trench without doing damage. Reserve dugouts in the Wood shelled. At12.30 pmone of our own shells burst on parapet 35 trench, at 1.30 pmanother of our own shells struck 35 Support parados. Belgians onlygunners firing at the time.Enemy working party dispersed by our shrapnel. Wind S.W.
Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: LETTER to Arthur & Marie Neal Hibbett on Holiday in Whitby,with Basil and Harold & Hilda (fiancee).Censor J.O. Allday
Whizbang Dugout (1). 9th Sunday after Trinity. Aug. 1st/ 15.
My Dear Mother & Father,
You were quite right Mummy, I am a bad writer & I rambleon anything.
I really do not know how to begin this letter, for one reason the last two parcels you sent us so close together were splendid. Sydney & I enjoyed a ripping teayesterday (Sat). I made a full mess tin of half the tea you sent us both. I did relish the currant breadwhich was in excellentcondition again, plenty o’ currantseh! – & the pineapplewas very cooling & refreshing.
Well I have a limited amount of note paper & have had to borrow this off Sydney – so please forgive me not saying all that I could say about the fine parcelsif I had the paper.I must thankBasil for the delicious choc. & the cakes& hazel nutswere very good Mother. I dothankyou for the useful bit more cash.
Now on Friday I was thinking of you, all the time I was on sentryat night & when Sydney passed me on his rounds we had a chat about you being all in bed.
Yesterday I had another look at the photos of us all at Abergele. Ida still smiling(I do hope she is keeping comfortable at home all on her ‘ony own’). I had a peep at Dodger with Sydney & myself in that tent.
Dodger! will he go bathingbefore breakfast as he loved to do at Abergele? Yes for a good number of years the holidays have kept an unbroken record.
My thoughts go back toUffington (2)
days when we had jerseys & Dodger the little scamp, deserving of his nick-name, let out the pigs & chased them through the rose garden. I hope he will have a jolly time at Whitby to rest his ‘weary brain’ after the ‘rotten’ exam.
Think of us both when you go on Goathland Moor (3) & have a turf-cake & tea (4) there won’t you?
Dear Mother,those at Ashton won’t so enjoy a nice holiday – I do hope that Jack Wade* will turn up safely (5). ‘They’ do say the Turks are going to be turn coats (6).
– I will pop a little chocolate in me mouth & conclude –
Ida, I dare say,has told youall about the mistake in the Field PC. I cannot tell you in detail, but Cope*, Harrison*, myself & another were down to go for a Rest.Harrisonhas gone & we are going but I do not know when. I got to know afterI made the mistake, how queer wasn’t it? & the very day you told me in the letter – with the parcel of tomatoes. I did like the mixed fruit by the by.
Well I hope you are having fine weather this Sunday.Jolly hot here & I have been on fatigue most of the time. Not had time yet to read the Lessons for the day (7).
Best love to you all & Harold & Miss Bore*.
I will write to Harold soon.
Yours affec. Bertie.
PS I read Basil’s mile long letter& was greatly interested in it indeed I was. I will write him soon. I looked at the Intercession Service Paper (8). I have got it in my case Mother.
(1) Whizbang: small high-velocity shell making whizzing sound in flight and a bang when it hit. (2) Uffington: a village near Stamford, then in Rutland. Home of Uncle Tom & Hibbett cousins.
(3) Goathland Moor: spa village near Scarborough(North York Moors National Park). Church of St Mary. (Station / steam trains used in TVHeartbeat, film Harry Potter).
(4) Turf Cake: (‘Fat Rascal’) traditional Yorkshire recipe for scone/rock cake: made with left-over pastry /currants. (5) Jack Wade* missing on Eastern Front. The Campaign in Gallipoli(peninsular to west of Dardenelles) began in April 1915, in an attempt to attack Germany ‘by the back door of Europe’.It was a disaster:landings (often in wrong places), mountainous terrain, heat exhaustion, disease, lack of food & supplies, caused deaths of thousands. Many missing with no known grave.
(6) Ottoman Empire had entered War on side of Germany in August 1914. It declared war on all Christiansexcept those of its allies. Genocide of Turkey’s Armenians (Christians since 4th cent) began on April 24th and was increasing in August 1915. Useful website :<http://wwwjewishvirtualhistory.org>. Turncoat: one who changes allegiance.
(7) Lessons for 9th Sunday of Trinity. Book of Common Prayer, 1662. Mattins: 1 Kings 10 v1- 25. Evensong: 1st Lesson: I Kings 11 v1-15; 2nd Lesson: I Kings 11, v 26f. (Stories of Queen of Sheba & Wisdom of Solomon).
(8) Intercession Service Paper. AUnited Service of Intercession was held each Wednesday during WW1. (nationwide?) (According to Walsall Observer & South Stafford Chronicle, West Midlands).
NEXT POST: 2nd AUGUST 1915: ‘The trees are only trunks now’.
Pte BERTIE HIBBETT: LETTER to IDA HIBBETT, on her own at 95, Foden Rd Walsall. (Mother, Father & Basil on holiday at Whitby).
In the Trenches. Whizbang DugOut (1).
My Dear Sister,
By the time this letter gets to you you will have settled down at home. I guess you are on your way from York – it is about two o’clock now – pm.
I read your letter to Sydney. How queer, Ida, I suppose you saw the Field Postcardwith the line :- ‘I am being sent down to Base’. This ought to have been crossedout. It was a mistake, a rather foolish one of mine, but queer enough I did not know I had made a mistake till Mother mentioned it in her letter – & on the veryday I got Mother’sletter a strong rumour got to my knowledge that I was going to the Base for a rest & yesterday I went before the Doctor & eventually I have my name down to go to Base (2).
– I conclude I am going but do not know exactly when. I have heard that I shall be going while in the trenches. Another queer part about the matter is that I had longbeen recommended for a rest & had been before the Doctor before I sent the PC to Mum .
Well, Champion, how have you enjoyed your stay at Ashton & York? I should think you have no difficulty whatever in travelling now. Did you pass through Crewe again ? – & have a tray brought to you?
You will feel thedifferencebeing at home, practically alone, after being with the relatives in the hub bub of the great centers. But I guess you will have the Overends* to tea inour sunny garden. Yes, I well rememberMay* (3) coming to tea & we had the basket table out & the silver.I shall indeed appreciate dining at table with a white cloth, flowers & china. Here I squat tailor fashion with my mess tin lid in which I eat my bacon & pontoon.
You tell us not to eat so much cake, very well then we will take your wise advice, but we get to longfor such luxuries after biscuits & cheese – & yet we can eat anythingafter a long march, – as for the case for Auntie’s cake – I ate that at night after marching up the trenches. Instead then of cakewe should very much appreciate one or two of your tea cakes with currantsin – & you can put some caraway seedinmine.
While in the trenches, last time, I was called to the Brigade Headquarters (4), together with three other chaps from the other Battalions,as beingpicked for surveying work (5) I was to go & have my rest with myBattalion & then when I come back to the trenches I shall be liable to go & do some surveying. I have not been called to do this surveying as yet.
Can you read my writing?Yes I am afraid it will take some effort toimproveupon this. I get agitated somewhat & when I start a letter I lose patience trying to express the great stock of news I have in my mind.
Sydney forgot to return the Copy (6) Mothersent & so I will return it in the greenenvelope, in which also is enclosed the souvenir card I meant to send you. I thought of sending it to Auntie* & then Miss Foster*, but I have decided to send it to you because I dare say you will like to have it on your mantelpiece in your bedroom.
You can send the Copy off to Mother who will be at Whitby won’t she? with Dad & Dodger. I would like to send them a letter while they are there but I am running rapidly short of notepaper & this pencil is getting short too.
I hopeDodger has done well at the Grammar School & passed with Honours – what say you? Yes, he was the scamp whochased the pigs at Uffington (7) – those good old days when we used to number off the days for the holidays & stop away from school on the day we travelled.
I wonder if Basil will do what he said in one of his past letters – i.e. if theybombardthe town again – to lie down full length in the grass on top of the Cliffs & watch the excitement .
Capt. C. (8) is back now & he does look ‘andsomeon horseback does Tim.
Tell Dodger he can send us some picture PCs. – they come in handy for decorating our dugouts& are a pleasure to look at them. I haveseveral up in mine now. I have still the one of our homewith an Alexandra Rose (9) in itfrom one of my scholars, and Tamworth Castle (10), Sutton & Sunday School group.
Hoping you will have a ’appy timeon your ony own.
Best love, Bertie.
The Hibbett Familywere not deterred by the War from taking their usual summer holiday.It is likely that they purchased theGerman BombardmentBook of Photographs, in aid of Whitby victims, at this time.
(1) Whizbang: Tommy’sname for a small high-velocity shell, which made a whizzing sound in flight & a bang when it hit.
(2) Rouenon Seine, B.E.F. MainBase. (3) May/ Mary Overend*. (4) Brigade Headquarters, Railway Cutting, Hill 60. (Divisional Headquarters was at Ouderdom). (5) Surveyors were being brought together from different battalions to form special units & Tunnelling Companies.Pte Bertie Hibbettwas a mining surveyor apprentice before the War.
(6) Gazette Press Cutting re:- Colonel Wade & his son Jack Wade (missing on Eastern Front). (7) Uffington: village near Stamford, then inRutlandshire.Home of Uncle Tom & Hibbettcousins.
(8) Captain Leslie (Tim) Cozens*,1/5th S.Staffs ‘A’ Company. QMS scholar, Sunday School teacher, Walsall. (9) Queen Alexandra’sRose: charities &hospitals for poor. (10) Tamworth Castle: Norman Castle overlooking River Tame, Staffordshire.2nd largest motte & bailey castle in Uk to Windsor). <www.visittamworth.co.uk>
NEXT POST: 1st AUGUST 1915: Wizbang Dugout, Hill 60 & Family Holidays.
The WW1 Letters and Drawings of Private Bertie Hibbett, 1/5th South Staffordshire Regiment, to his family in Walsall, will be posted again, one hundred years on, from August 1914 to November 1918, by his daughter Elizabeth Hibbett Webb. The first posting will be the Recruitment Postcard sent by Queen Mary's Grammar School Headmaster to the Hibbett family on holiday in Abergele, Wales.