On Active Service. Posted 2nd Jan, 1917
Just a line to wish you the very best for the New Year. Please give my address to all.
Yours sincerely, Cecil Jackson. (3)
Pte Bertie’s pal Cecil Jackson is an example of how once recovered, a wounded soldier was often sent to other regiments to make up numbers lost in battle, rather than returned to his Unit.
Service in Egypt: ‘the land where the British forces were active in 1914-1918 lies in Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Saudia Arabia and Syria. … Later, operations were necessary in the Hejaz and in Aden, before in 1917 an offensive was launched which took British troops into the Holy Land and Syria.’ Wikipedia.
Alexandria: ‘after the Gallipoli Campaign of 1915, Alexandria remained an important hospital centre during later operations in Egypt and Palestine and the port was much used by hospital ships and troop transports bringing reinforcements and carrying the sick and wounded out of the theatres of war.’ https://www.cwgc.org/
(1) R.W.F. Royal Welsh Fusiliers. E.E.F.: Egyptian Expeditionary Force.
(2) Livadas & Coutsicos: postcard publishers in Cairo.
(3) Cecil Jackson. Former pupil QMS (Queen Mary’s Grammar School, Walsall). Bank Clerk United Counties Bank, Wolverhampton. Volunteered No 8834 with 5th South Staffords until wounded July 1915. Patient Llandudno Hospital. When recovered joined 1/6 Royal Welsh Fusiliers (RWF) & with Egyptian Expeditionary Force. See Hibbett Letters: 28th March 1915, 30th May 1915, 9th July 1915, 29th Aug.1915.
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