The History of Leith

March 30, 2012

LETTER FROM FRANCE.

LETTER FROM FRANCE.
One of the Chaplains, Rev. A. M. Maclean of Paisley
Abbey, in thanking Mrs. Swan for South Leith gifts to
men at the Front, writes as follows :—
HEADQUARTERS, INFANTRY BASE DEPOT,
ROUEN, FRANCE, 16/1/15.
Dear MRS. SWAN—Many thanks for your letter. I
am certainly receiving great quantities of comforts for
the troops, but I dispose of them very rapidly. This is
the Reinforcement Camp where drafts are sent to the
fighting line, and thousands of Scots will pass through
here during the next week or two. I have seen on an
average 1000 a week leave Damp. They all need, and
are most grateful for, the comforts supplied them, which
they cannot abuse. I have not seen the letter in the
Scotsman. No doubt there are places over supplied, but
that does not apply to this Camp. I shall be very
grateful for your parcel. And you have no idea how
these kind gifts put heart into the men. They feel that
the people at home are behind them.—Yours sincerely,
A. M. Maclean

Source-South Leith Magazine 1915

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