Inventory of Arthur's letters and postcards

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Inventory number
Letter / Postcard
Date
Sent from
Summary
1
Letter [undated:
July 1915]
19th Divisional Train I am sorry to say I shan't be able to come home now as we are leaving for France Saturday
2
Letter 04/08/1915 Base Horse Transport Division, Le Havre We get 20 francs a fortnight – 1 franc counts as 10d [ten pence]
3
Field Service Postcard 09/08/1915
4
Letter 10/09/1915
5
Letter 29/09/1915 9th Reserve Park, BEF We have shifted nearer the line.
6
Letter [undated:
October 1915]
9th Reserve Park, BEF When you write again will you send me some buttons – them what don't come off ...
7
Letter [undated:
October 1915]
9th Reserve Park, BEF I got the socks alright. I was pleased with them.
8
Letter [undated:
October 1915]
9th Reserve Park, BEF The war looks like lasting out this winter. I don't know whether it will or not.
9
Letter 07/11/1915 It's getting like winter now. It's cold in the mornings.
10
Letter 25/11/1915 BEF, France Fred tells me he has been made L/Cpl [Lance Corporal] now.
11
Letter 12/12/1915 9th Reserve Park, BEF The weather is awful. It has been raining for weeks now.
12
Letter 26/01/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF There is two or three of us attached to the R.E. [Royal Engineers] ...
13
Letter 04/03/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF I don't no when I will get my leaf [leave] but still I hope the sun is shining when I do come.
14
Letter [undated: March 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF You no it’s cold sitting on a wagon all day but still we not so bad off as them in the trenches is.
15
Letter [undated: March / April 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF I am sorry that poor old Fred is got wounded.
16
Letter 19/05/1916 Same address I hope Fred doesn't come out to France anymore. I know he is about fed up with it as it is something awful.
17
Letter [undated: June 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF Next time you write just send a packet of Epson Salts in the envelope as a good clear out wouldn't be amiss just now.
18
Letter [undated: June 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF The first chance you get send the salts.
19
Letter 08/07/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF You no there isn't much to say they noes.
20
Letter 27/07/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF We wanted some rain as the dust has been awful lately.
21
Letter [undated: August 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF I haven't heard anymore about this VC that Fred got. I hope it is write.
22
Letter 10/09/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF Write as soon as you can as you no Tommy like to hear a little news from home.
23
Letter 10/09/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF You think I ought to have a leaf [leave] but it's no use of thinking just now. There's a war on now.
24
Letter 16/10/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF Fred is on the same part of the line as I am but I can't run onto him yet.
25
Letter [undated: October 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF The weather has been a little better this last day or two that’s better – a couple of days rains makes it awful for travelling.
26
Letter [undated: October 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF I see in the paper were [where] the Zeppilins have been over again – brought two down in our old county.
27
Letter 27/10/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF am sorry to hear about poor old Fred but still I think it is the best according to wear he was.
28
Letter [undated: October 1916] 9th Reserve Park, BEF I thought to myself when Fred come back Mother had to shed a tear or to [two] but still the war won’t last for ever of course.
29
Letter 11/11/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF I hope to see [you] sometime now before Christmas if I have luck.
30
Letter 21/11/1916 9th Reserve Park, BEF I don't no when I will be comeing home. Sometime between now and Christmas if I have luck.
31
Letter [undated: early 1917] 9th Reserve Park, BEF I have had [one of] my letters back what I sent to Fred. I suppose it was when he was in hospital with the trench fever.
32
Letter [undated: early 1917] 9th Reserve Park, BEF There was one thing I forgot that was the name of the cemetery that Charlie was buried in so let me know when you write again.
33
Letter [undated: early 1917] 9th Reserve Park, BEF There is one thing you haven't told me that's were the [name] of the cemetery where Charlie was [buried]. Let me no next time you write.
34
Letter [undated: early 1917] Same address The ice out hear is 2 foot thick. It's cold but it is healthy weather.
35
Letter [undated: early 1917] Same address If I do get a chance of getting a piece of something off of Charlie's grave I will. No doubt I shall before it is all over.
36
Letter 31/03/1917 Same address You no it cheers you up when you see someone you no.
37
Letter 14/05/1917 Same address She said Fred has been wounded again. She didn't no weather he had got it bad or not.
38
Letter 09/06/1917 Same address Arthur Green was unlucky comeing across wasn't he? Old Fritz was soon after his blood wasn’t he?
39
Letter 24/06/1917 Same address I have cut my finger so you will have to excuse scrible.
40
Letter 06/07/1917 Same address It's to be hoped it will soon be all over so as we can get home again on the old job.
41
Field Service Postcard 17/07/1917
42
Letter 27/07/1917 Same address I hope the garden looks beautierful as I hope I'm soon enough next year to have a field.
43
Letter 26/08/1917 I no you haven't a lot of time but it’s alright to hear a little bit about home sometimes.
44
Letter (envelope only; letter missing) 29/09/1917
45
Letter 11/12/1917 St Luke’s War Hospital, Bradford I think I told you where I got hit. I got hit at Passchindale.
46
Letter 11/02/1918 St Luke’s War Hospital, Bradford I shall be home sometime this month I don't [know] when.
47
Letter 25/02/1918 St Luke’s War Hospital, Bradford I am afraid I shan't be home this month now but never mind [I will] be home sometime next month.
48
Letter 27/04/1918 I am happy enough now I have got away from Belfast.
49
Letter 23/05/1918 3rd Batt RIR, Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury Plain I might tell you hospital they call this it's more of a prison than anything else.
50
Letter 29/05/1918 3rd Batt RIR, Fargo Military Hospital, Salisbury Plain I see in the paper where there is 15,000 volunteers wanted for two months.
51
Letter (part only) [undated] I think you can understand this. I can write nice sometimes.
52
Field Service Postcard [undated]


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