10TH OCT. 1915: ‘THE RUSSIAN WILL BE OF IMMENSE IMPORTANCE.’

Bertie in UniformPte BERTIE HIBBETT.  No 6 General Base, Convalescent Camp, Rouen: POSTCARD  Nos Allies Cosaque to BASIL HIBBETT, 95, Foden Rd. Walsall.

October 10th 1915.  Got this in Rouen last Friday, near Cathedral (1).

Nos Allies: Cosaque. PC 1915.
Nos Allies: Cosaque. PC 1915.

Dear Dodger,

How are you blowing old boy.  This gruesome old chap looks as if he means business on somebody’s blood.  Yes, the Russian when he gets civilised will be of immense importance (2).  

Good Luck and best of success at QMS (3).

Love from Bertie.

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ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB
ELIZABETH HIBBETT WEBB

(1) So Pte Bertie Hibbett got his hoped for pass to visit Rouen Cathedral  before he went back up the Line.

(2) Russia had joined the Triple Entente with Britain & France in 1907.  In 1914 it had the largest Army in the world  – but its poor infrastructure made effective deployment difficult. <http://sparticus-educational.com&gt;.

(3Basil Hibbett was back at Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall to re-sit his Junior Oxford Exam.

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