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22nd Feb.1915: English-French Conversation Book for the Man at the Front.

South Staffordshire BadgeeSOUTH  STAFFORDS  WAR  DIARY 

20th Feb. Kit inspection & general preparation to move.   Major R.R. Raymer is appointed to Command in place of Col. Crawley, appointed to Command Div. Base Depot. (1)

Bertie in UniformPte BERTIE HIBBETT: Undated NOTE scribbled to his father, Arthur Hibbett  – likely to be 22nd Feb. 1915. (2)

ARTHUR HIBBETT:   56 in 1914.
57 in 1915.


You will send that Soldiers’ English – French Conversation Book for the Man at the Front (3) to ‘Mrs Penning 29, Gold Street, Saffron Walden’, who will send it off to Corp. A. Penning at the Front.  Sanger* does not quite understand the situation so would you write in the next letter Mother you send us?

NB  Just received a tele saying ‘All’s Well’. Fancy that, no its reality –  it was from Corp. A. Penning*, who missed the train & motored to catch the express at Bishop’s Stortford for London.      Bert.



(1) Divisional Base, Rouen. (Major Raymer* & Col. Crawley* – See Menu Page: S.Staffs Soldiers). (2) Corp. A. Penning left for the Front at midnight, 21st Feb.1915. (3) Early version of book by Walter M. Gallichan.1917.  

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