The History of Leith

March 30, 2012

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS- SENT BY . SOLDIERS AND SAILORS.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS- SENT BY .
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS.
A. M.—I hasten to acknowledge with very many
thanks the parcel you have been good enough to send
me. Its contents were just after a soldier’s heart, and I
feel so greatful for your kindness. It is very thoughtful
indeed of the Church folks and Sabbath School to
remember me at this time when I am so far from the
dear home, now more dear than ever. I can assure you
it is kindness such as this that my good friends are
showing me that reconciles us soldiers to- the hardships
of our lot. and helps us to face the future with a cheerful
spirit. My thoughts are ever in the homeland. Please
tell all concerned how much I appreciate their kindness,
and accept yourselves my warmest thanks. . . . Our one
longing is for the victorious end of the war aiid our
return home. . . .
A. G.—I must thank you very much for the parcel
you sent me. Everything in it was very nice indeed.
You were asking what work we ‘were busy with out
here. Well, we are very busy with the drains so as
to keep the trenches dry, and each Sapper has about
twenty Infantry to look after and see that they carry
out the work. It is very hard at times to see what we
are doing, but we always get through it one way or
another. But one good thing, the troops won’t suffer
like what they did last winter. We have been doing
a lot of joiner work, making boards for the bottom of
the trenches, and the water will run away beneath
them.
S. K. (India). — Thanks very much for the parcel,
which was most gratefully received. The chaps wish
me to convey their thanks for the thirst quenchers,
which come in rare and handy when we are out on
parade in the morning, and more so when we are out
all day, for the heat here is terrible, and the dust of
the road makes you want to drink every few minutes;
there are a lot of drawbacks. We may be many
thousands of miles from home, but it is always foremost
in our thoughts. After sunset, which is at 6.45 P.M.
you will meet no one, unless a few natives who are
going home. We have only half an hour of twilight;
it is dark at 7.15 P.M., and not light till 5 o’clock in the
morning. Nearly always you can depend on a brilliant
moon, which lights the place like day.
R. G. (South Africa).—. . . This country is most
interesting, however, and it is a sight not easily forgotten
to wake up in the morning to see Kilimanjaro
clear from base to summit with its snow-clad peak
towering above you. We are in a most unfrequented
part of the country, and chances we get of seeing same
are quite unique. For instance, while on patrol the
other day we first of all saw a herd of zebra numbering
over 700, and then, a herd of giraffe came to within
100 yards of us to have a look at the donkeys. That
night a big rhinoceros came charging through the
patrol just as we were camping, and I never before
thought a rhinoceros could be so light on his feet. As
for insects, well these are past speaking about! A
day scarcely ever passes in which we do not kill at least
two scorpions in the tent, and centipedes and tarantulas
—especially the latter—start crawling over you at
night if you have a candle anywhere near. . . .
E. B.—Your parcel received last night, and I have
much pleasure in forwarding my most sincere thanks
to you and all the people for such a grand gift. Maybe
you would like to know what things are like out here.
Well, I can’t say it is very pleasant, but I am here to
do my hit; and when you know that the people are
always thinking of you and praying, it puts more spirit
in you’and you forget all about trouble.
S. P.—I received your parcel all right, and I can
hardly express how pleased I was at receiving same.
I must thank yon, also the members of South Leith

source-South Leith Magazine-1915

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