GWL 5th September 1917

I will send a list of the things I want & you can get them.  Much cooler than it was.  It has been a funny summer.  Very few thunderstorms this year so far, thank goodness, but perhaps they will come later.  There is no news.  I believe Arthur is round this part of the world somewhere about where I saw him a year ago last July.  I am afraid there is not much prospect of my seeing him.

Cheery crowd, the Russians, Aren’t they?  If you don’t want to do anything you form a committee of one and talk about it.  It is really time we had a bit of rain.  Not a drop now for about 5 months.  All the springs are drying up or anyhow getting very low.  We have been digging in some bumps near here lately to see if we could find anything.  So far no good.  All the sides of the valley bear traces of terraces like those in Malta & there is a village somewhere.”

The first few days of September saw a number of night time German air raids on England on Kent and London as well as a submarine raid on Scarborough.  Below is a brief description of the Margate raid from the Dover Express.

Bombing of 4 Widred Rd 4th September.
Dover Express 07 Sep 1917
“…. At Mr. Smith’s house the casualties were much worse. On the arrival of a police inspector, with several workers, it was reported that three people had been buried in the ruins. The house was in such a condition that it had to be approached with much care from the rear. Eventually it was found that a resident, seventy-three years of age, and an old employee of the Gas Company, and the step-father of Mr. Smith, had been killed, and his body was removed to the Mortuary. Under the staircase it was found that Mr. and Mrs. Smith were buried. The task of getting them out was supervised by the inspector, and proved to be one of great difficulty. The refuse could only be removed by one person, and the greatest care had to be exercised to prevent other refuse falling. After considerable difficulty, the faces of both Mr. and Mrs. Smith were got clear and ambulance men gave them restoratives. They were eventually recued and taken to the Hospital. They were absolutely black from the dust and brick rubbish, and a great deal knocked about. Mr. Smith had his leg injured and was otherwise cut about. Mrs. Smith had a scalp wound and injuries to her breast. A beam that had fallen down had kept the rubbish from pressing on them. They were at once removed to Hospital….”

{next post 7th September}

The First World War seen through the letters of George Power

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