Inventory of Fred's letters and postcards

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Inventory number
Letter / Postcard
Date
Sent from
Summary
1
Plain postcard 01/06/1915 Ashford, Kent We are now on our way.
2
Letter undated BEF, France
3
Letter undated BEF, France I would like to know where Charlie got killed.
4
Letter 12/06/1915 Let me know the name of the place where Charlie was buried
5
Field Service Postcard 13/06/1915
6
Field Service Postcard 18/06/1915
7
Letter 19/06/1915 BEF, France I don't think I am far away from the place where Charlie was buried.
8
Field Service Postcard 01/07/1915 I am being sent down to the base.
9
Field Service Postcard 02/07/1915
10
Letter 05/07/1915 The same address We are out for a few days rest now.
11
Field Service Postcard 09/07/1915 We had a little singsong during the evening on the 8th. (Fred's 21st birthday.)
12
Letter 11/07/1915 The same address
13
Letter 16/07/1915 The same address We have been [censored]. My Platoon Officer has been killed.
14
Field Service Postcard 18/07/1915
15
Letter 26/07/1915 Arthur is over here.
16
Letter 02/08/1915
17
Letter 04/08/1915
18
Field Service Postcard 25/08/1915
19
Letter 06/09/1915 Signal Section, 7th Batt ESR We are still in the trenches and I think it's the worst week we have had for rain.
20
Letter 10/09/1915 Signal Section, 7th Batt ESR I have got a rotten cold otherwise I feel alright.
21
Field Service Postcard 19/09/1915
22
Letter 20/09/1915 Signal Section, 7th Batt ESR We are having glorious weather in the trenches this week, but it turns so cold during the night.
23
Field Service Postcard 01/10/1915
24
Field Service Postcard 07/10/1915
25
Letter 08/10/1915 Signal Section, 7th Batt ESR We are having it rough now. Haven’t had a wash for a week, up to our eyebrows in dirt.
26
Letter 16/10/1915 Made a charge and captured the first German trench.
27
Field Service Postcard 18/10/1915
28
Letter 18/10/1915 We were 14 days without a wash. It's the roughest time we have ever had.
29
Field Service Postcard 28/10/1915
30
Field Service Postcard 29/10/1915
31
Field Service Postcard 30/10/1915
32
Field Service Postcard 12/11/1915
33
Letter 16/11/1915 LCpl Horsnell ESR It’s a year tomorrow since [Charlie] was killed. It's nice to know that he was buried in a churchyard
34
Letter 25/11/1915 The Piggery, Somewhere in France We are now well away from the trenches for a little while, but can still hear the rumble of the guns.
35
Letter 29/11/1915 LCpl Horsnell ESR Well our frosty weather has turned to rain today. But still we must not grumble.
36
Field Service Postcard 08/12/1915
37
Letter 15/12/1915 7th ESR Shall not be home for Christmas.
38
Field Service Postcard 22/12/1915
39
Letter 25/12/1915 7th ESR The Huns keep dropping their dear little shells quite close. I suppose they want to hurt someone.
40
Letter 01/01/1916 I saw a chap in the 5th DG the other day who helped to carry poor Charlie down to the dressing station.
41
Letter 10/01/1916
42
Field Service Postcard 18/01/1916
43
Letter 20/01/1916 Somewhere in France Well we are now back for a rest from the trenches.
44
Field Service Postcard 27/01/1916
45
Letter 28/01/1916 The same address Well it's eight months next Tuesday since I left England. How quickly the time flies when one looks back.
46
Field Service Postcard 07/02/1916
47
Letter 07/02/1916 They have extended our rest from the trenches, so don't know when we go into action again
48
Letter 11/02/1916 Somewhere in France Well I suppose you will be glad to know that we are still out of the trenches
49
Letter 01/03/1916 Somewhere in France I have been in the trenches and out again since I was home.
50
Letter 05/03/1916 Same address We have had some more snow and it's up to our eyebrows in mud again.
51
Field Service Postcard 11/03/1916
52
Letter 21/03/1916 Don't worry I am only slightly wounded in the left leg.
53
Letter 07/04/1916 Army Post Office S/17 [Étaples] Don't feel very strong in my left leg.
54
Letter 10/04/1916 [Étaples] I would rather lay down and die than go sick at this place again.
55
Letter 13/04/1916 Army Post Office S/17 [Étaples] I am quite alright myself now.
56
Field Service Postcard 20/04/1916
57
Letter 09/06/1916 Dover? I hope the next time I come home it will be for good and the war will be finished.
58
Field Service Postcard 17/06/1916
59
Letter 16/06/1916 Army Post Office S/17 [Étaples] Just a line to let you know I am in France once again.
60
Letter 24/06/1916 I am now off up the line again with the best of luck.
61
Letter 21/06/1916 7th E. Surrey’s
62
Letter 29/06/1916 Somewhere in France
63
Letter 12/07/1916
64
Field Service Postcard 21/07/1916
65
Letter 22/07/1916 Same address Well Mother I should like some writing paper and envelopes when you write again.
66
Letter 01/08/1916 Somewhere in France It’s been ages since I received a letter from you.
67
Letter 09/08/1916 7th E. Surrey’s I am most awfully upset about Mother.
68
Field Service Postcard 13/08/1916
69
Field Service Postcard 19/08/1916
70
Field Service Postcard 22/08/1916
71
Letter 22/08/1916 Same address His Majesty the King has been most gracefully pleased to award the Military Medal for bravery in the field ...
72
Field Service Postcard 28/08/1916
73
Field Service Postcard 07/09/1916
74
Field Service Postcard 09/09/1916
75
Letter 10/09/1916 Same address I am in the trenches at present.
76
Letter 17/09/1916 Same address I know you must be a little hard pushed sometimes, as things are such a high price now.
77
Letter 23/09/1916 Same address It's like a big ball of string, the end must come sooner or later.
78
Field Service Postcard 05/10/1916
79
Field Service Postcard 18/10/1916
80
Letter 22/10/1916 Somewhere in France It’s rough out here now, wet and cold.
81
Field Service Postcard 30/10/1916
82
Letter 08/12/1916 With good luck I hope to get out of hospital within the next few days.
83
Letter 16/12/1916 Same address Well Mother I am not feeling well by a long way.
84
Field Service Postcard 17/12/1916
85
Letter 30/12/1916 7th E. Surrey's I am feeling much better now.
86
Plain postcard 08/01/1917 Somewhere in France I don't expect I shall get home this winter unless Fritz has got one with my name marked on it.
87
Field Service Postcard 17/01/1917
88
Letter 20/01/1917 Somewhere in France I am keeping fairly well except for a very bad cold that I cannot get rid of.
89
Field Service Postcard 27/01/1917
90
Field Service Postcard 09/02/1917
91
Letter 16/02/1917 Same address I think the Huns will get their backbone broken this summer and then I hope it will all end.
92
Field Service Postcard 18/02/1917
93
Letter 09/03/1917
94
Field Service Postcard 17/03/1917
95
Field Service Postcard 20/03/1917
96
Letter 27/03/1917 Same address With luck I hope we shall finish it this summer and then once more we can settle down in peace.
97
Field Service Postcard 06/04/1917
98
Field Service Postcard 16/04/1917
99
Field Service Postcard 27/04/1917
100
Letter 14/07/1917 Whitecross Hospital, Warrington The wound is almost healed up, but I hope they will try and make a better job of it for my own benefit after the war.
101
Letter 26/07/1917 Whitecross Hospital, Warrington We are supposed to be in hospital by 8pm, but more likely I shall be in about midnight.
102
Letter 04/08/1917 Whitecross Hospital, Warrington I wonder how many more years I have got to wear khaki.
103
Letter 30/08/1917 Whitecross Hospital, Warrington The hospital is getting full, so of course some of us have got to go.
104
Letter 03/09/1917 Whitecross Hospital, Warrington I wish for goodness I was getting my ticket. But I suppose I shall have to go out and have another taste of it.
105
Letter 04/10/1917 Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham-by-Sea What do you think of the air raids? Been letting it rip just lately haven't they.
106
Letter 11/10/1917 Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham-by-Sea I am swinging the lead as well as possible ... I suppose they will rumble in the end and mark me A1.
107
Letter 23/10/1917 Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham-by-Sea I am still swinging the lead ... I suppose in the end I shall get A1.
108
Letter [late October] 1917 Eastern Command Depot, Shoreham-by-Sea Well the war doesn't seem to improve at all ... It looks like lasting for ever. There’s only one lot Fritz can't drive back and that's the old British Bulldogs.
109
Letter 17/02/1918 Brigade School of Signalling, Felixstowe What do you think of Fritz walloping Dover?
110
Letter 06/04/1918 Brigade School of Signalling, Felixstowe It doesn't look like ending yet, it seems to get worse. It makes one sometimes wonder how it is going to end.
111
Letter [undated] 1918 Brigade School of Signalling, Felixstowe
112
Letter 16/07/1918 Brigade School of Signalling, Felixstowe
113
Letter [undated: July 1918] Brigade School of Signalling, Felixstowe The grub down here is no bon at all.
114
Letter (part only) [undated: July 1918] What do you think of the munition strikers? Every one of them wants hanging ... They want sending in the front line and let us go and take their places. I could make munitions alright.


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