5th March. 2.0 p.m. Received orders to entrain at 7 p.m. at Point 3 Gare des Merchandises. Transport Ship arrived in morning – joined the Battalion at Station. 1 Corp. 2 men 2 horses left behind lost their way in Havre.
Issue of Rations in Station caused some confusion, especially Day Rations & Iron Rations being practically identical, consequently many Iron Ration consumed in error.
6th March 12.25 am. Train left. Travelled via Rouen-Monterolier – Buchy – Abbeville (halt 3/4 hour via Boulogne – Calais – St Omer to Arneke.
My Dear Sister,
You know my address, I gave it to you twice. Take care you do not lose it. I had a very comfy sleep in the bell tent last night. Yes, back to rough camp life again, not so many conveniences. I have just managed to get through the crowd in this place for a cup of Hot Malted Milk & it was worth while waiting for – so delicious.
Vernon and I are with 10 others in the tent. We thought we should get with the picked lot in which Sid was in too at first, but he is not far off. I am in the pink.
We were served with socks (see note from Buckingham Palace) & fur coats. I wish I could have had our photos taken.
March 5th /15 – I expect to get a French newspaper (1) this morning. I will send it off to Dad when I get it.
(1) ) Le Monde most likely.
NEXT POSTS: 13th March 1915 (to be posted early owing to unforeseen circumstance; the rest during last week of month.
March Welcome Page has been updated see also S. Staffordshire Officers & M, with photo of group in Tavistock St. Luton. 1914. I would be grateful for names.