PTE BERTIE HIBBETT: POSTCARD to Miss I.N. HIBBETT, 95, Foden Rd Walsall – after Farewell Visit of Parents.
21st Feb. 1915
Although the stay was short how jolly good of them to come & what a happy meeting it was. Surely the prayers on both sides have been answered & they have seen both of us too. I have been thinking of you all during this beautiful sunny day.
Jolly good of Mac O’Leary eh what! (2). My word, wait till Sid & I get out there.
Dodger – I hope you will soon be in the pink. Yes it would have been nice if you had come down, but you will be with us in our movements in France if we go there, I bet.
Corp. A. Penning* returns at about 12 tonight for the Front – reach Chatham tomorrow. Good Luck. I never expected such a jolly happy thing to occur – re father & mother here. Bert.
(1) Piper George Findlater (British Army 1888 -1898, 1914-1915) won Victoria Cross: 20th Oct.1897. North West Frontier, Tirah Campaign, India. Citation: “At the storming of the Heights of Dargai by the Gordon Highlanders, Piper Findlater, although shot through both ankles, continued playing the ‘Cock of the North‘ during the advance of his comrades”.
(2) Michael O’Leary (Irish Guards) won Victoria Cross for single-handed charge of two German barricades defended by machine gun positions near Cuinchy, La Bassee Canal, 1st Feb. 1915. O’Leary survived to serve in 2nd WW as Major (died 1961). Also received a Russian decoration.
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