The History of Leith

March 30, 2012

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS SENT BY SOLDIERS AND SAILORS.

EXTRACTS FROM LETTERS SENT BY
SOLDIERS AND SAILORS.
T. H. B.—Received parcel this morning all right, so I
write this few lines to thank you for your goodness. . . .
I will now tell you what like a job I’ve got. Our ship
carries stores for the Grand Fleet, so you can guess the
risk we are running. If a ship wants stores you have
just to stop where you are. We stored the Queen Elizabeth
about two months ago. . . .
D. A.—I can hardly express my gratitude to you for
the splendid parcel you sent me. It came in the nature
of a great surprise, as I fear I have lost touch with all the
friends I had at Sunday School and Bible Class owing to
my joining the service six years ago. I don’t suppose I
have been in Leith more than half a dozen times since,
but it does one good to know that one isn’t quite forgotten
even after all that time. . . .
T. D.—Many thanks for the kind and interesting
letter I received from you, also the parcel. How can I
thank you for same. I was very pleased to get it and
shared it with my comrades, and they told me to thank
the senders of it for them. So you see that your parcel
brought good cheer to one squad o^hitish Tommies. . . .
J. M.—Just a few lines to let you know that I received
your parcel on Sunday, and I may say that it was very
acceptable and that I was very pleased to get it. You
may be sure that I will read your present of the Testament
which I am very grateful for. I believe that this
war seems only to be beginning and that we have a very
hard task before us before it can be successfully concluded ;
but every one out here has no doubt as to how it will
ultimately end, as the Germans will be beat sooner or
later. . . .
W. L.—I sit down to write you a few lines to let you
know that I am in the Hospital just now. I hope that
all the Church workers and yourself are keeping well.
. . . We ha*- some hard work last month. We lost
about 555 taking it all over, but I came out of it all
right. I hope that I will live to get home to see you all
in the Church. . . .
D. H.—I received the parcel all right and I am very
thankful for it. I got it on Sunday morning. It is
very kind of you to send me a parcel: the tobacco and
cigarettes are a thing we can do with all right. AVe
have hard times out here, but we have just to stick it and
hope for the best. I would not mind if this war was all
over till I get home again to my dear wife and children.
My little ones are always asking their mother when is
their daddy coming home. . . .
T. R.—I have received the parcel that you and the
Church and Sabbath Schools have sent to me. I thank
them all and yourself for it, I never forget the Church
I have left to come out here. I only hope the Lord will
spare me to return home to take my seat along with
others in it. Well, our times out here are pretty hard,
and it all lies in our Maker’s Hands whether we come
through it or not, but I will trust Him to take me
through it. I am in the best of health and not downhearted
yet. . . .
T. R. —Just a line to thank you for the most handsome
parcel you sent me which I received yesterday.
After being away from South Leith for a few years and
receiving such a handsome parcel from the Church and
Sunday School which I used to be connected with, it
makes one feel that the people in South Leith are looking
after their old friends. . . .
F. L.—I am writing to thank you for the nice parcel
you sent me, which I received all right. The contents
were quite secure ; and I wish to thank Mr. Swan also for
the Testament. How long do you think the war is going
to last ? To read from the papers of our present position
one would think we had only to strike the final blow.
We have now got the guns and the men, and once thev
are all on the field I think the end of the war will soon
come. . . .
T. D. H.—Please accept my thanks for your very nice
parcel which I received all right. The Testament which
you enclose I shall treasure. Also convey my thanks
to all connected with the Church for their kindness. I
am pleased to say that I am enjoying good health, and
trust, if spared, to take my place in the’ Church when
this terrible war is terminated. . . .
R. D. —. . . As regards parcels sent to the troops, I must
say that few can beat South Leith, as there was everything
a soldier required. In this country where water
is so bad the thirst quenchers are a great blessing. I am
thankful to say I am well and endeavouring to perform
my duties, altho’ it is not very comfortable. It makes
us feel the poor humble creatures we really are, wondering
how many more minutes we have to live.

source-South leith Magazine-1915

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