GWL 3rd January 1915

…..Your letters 28th-30th have arrived and the parcel with the socks and re-fill for lamp.  But I think that the groceries with the Quaker Oats & my half pound of chocolate & the change of underclothing you sent have got delayed somehow.  We are still en l’air and shall be anyhow for the next day or two…. Very wet here.  I expect Ion will be home soon.  We are all very fit here and doing a lot of work, chiefly horticultural……”

The battalion were at this stage preparing to move to the Front Line.  The comments on the weather and the “horticultural” work give an indicator of the months to come.  Trench digging at this stage of the war was an entirely manual exercise.

digging-trenches-1915

{next post January 10th}

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