‘They shall obtain joy & gladness & sorrow & sighing shall flee away’. Isaiah Chap 35. (2).
New Year’s Day 1916. The Circumcision. (3)
I wonder if Sydney let the New Year In for you? If what he told me in his letter of Dec 23 was true he ought to be with you now, & I hope you are all as happy as ’ole (sic). I think such a time would be a convenient opportunity for Harold & Miss Bore & Harold’s ‘Best Man’ to have the ‘spree’ (4).
I can’t squeeze anymore to tell you, but I will conclude :– ‘Mrs Hibbett, do you take any pre-cau-shuns’ (said by someone in St George’s Parish). (5).
‘Patients are directed NOT to have their parcels & letters addressed to this Hospital’. I am anxious about any more parcels getting lost & letters too. So dear Mum I have been trying to keep you very busy reading my letters until I get somewhere, when you will be able to write to me.
I am better now & expect to be moved to my Battalion in a day or so. I can’t say whether the Batt. has moved yet (6).
Best love to all.
PS I have read for today the 35 Chap. of Isaiah (2). I wonder if by chance you have heard or read those comforting words lately or even today. And I wonder who keeps up the ‘Breakfast time Readings’.
I am just going to send a short letter with my Greetings to Mrs Jones*. M. A. is she?
MARSEILLES (Santi Camp)
1st Jan: 1916. Battalion Training.
(1) This Letter was in the same envelope as that of New Year’s Eve.
(2) Isaiah 35.10. 8th Cent B.C. Prophet Isaiah (740 -700 BC) considered in academic scholarship to be author of Isaiah 1-39. Part of saying also found in Isaiah 51.11 (work of Deutero-Isaiah 6th Cent B.C. Prophet in captivity in Babylon author of Isaiah 40-55.
(3) The Circumcision of Christ. Luke 2. 21. Celebrates the Naming of Jesus and Circumcision – ‘ after eight days’, according to Jewish tradition .
(4) Harold’s wedding to Hilda Bore (delayed until 1917). (5) Family joke? re fussy parishioner in St George’s Parish, Walsall.
(5) 1/5th South Staffords Battalion’s expected move to Eastern Front.
NEXT POST: Sunday 10th Jan: Letter to Pte Bertie from Sydney Hibbett.
NB. None of Pte Bertie Hibbett’s Letters Home from 2nd Jan 1916 – 6th February have survived. See current Welcome Page: December – January 1916 Letters & Monthly Summaries Page.