The History of Leith

March 30, 2012

Letters from Soldiers-Part 2

W. S.—Just a few lines to let you know that I
received your parcel, which I greatly appreciate as it
•was a very useful gift. I must really thank you for the
trouble you have taken, also people of the Church and
Sunday School for their kindness. The heat is terrible
just now but we are doing very well. I only hope
there is not another winter, as last winter was pretty
severe. I arrived in France on August 12th, 1914, and
was very lucky at the “Retreat from Mons,” and if
God spares me to come home that small Testament you
gave me will be a good memento. . . .
J. B.—I received your kind and welcome letter, also
the parcel from the Church and Sabbath School, and I
thank you for your kindness and trouble in sending it.
I will take great care of the Testament. . . .
G. B.—I received your ever welcome, parcel and I
thank you from the bottom of my heart for being so
kind to me. The tobacco will come in very handy as
we will be going into the trenches in a day or two.
The last time we were in the trenches we were in for
twenty-five days. . . .
T. B.—Just a few lines to let you know that I
received your parcel all right and I thank you very
kindly for it. We have had a very bad time of it since
we came out here. We go into the trenches to-night,
and it is three weeks since we came out the last time.
“We have had a lot of hard marching and it is about
the only time we get a rest when we are in the
trenches. . . .
T. H.—Accept my heartfelt thanks for parcel I
received some time ago. Sorry I haven’t had time to
write sooner as I had been kspt very busy. I can
assure you the contents of the parcel were much
appreciated and enjoyed. Things sent from home are
most acceptable out here and are a nice change from the
arm}’ rations. . . .
R. F. (since .killed). — I received your parcel and
was glad for it, as it came as a godsend to me. My
chum and I enjoyed it all right. , . .
H. M. F.—I received your most delicious parcel
all right. I thank you very kindly for the same, the
contents therein are very useful to me. . . .
D. L.—A few lines to let you know I received your
welcome parcel, for which I thank you very much. I
am still reading my Testament and saying my prayers
at every opportunity. . . .
E. W. R.—I am writing to thank you, and through
you all the others, for the lovely parcel I received all
right and intact. The Testament you gave me I shall
always treasure, and if all goes welll^I intend to have it
as a” keepsake for the future. All the other things
were just a treat and most useful, and I greatly
appreciate the kindness of the Sabbath School children,
and only hope that they derived as nmch enjoyment in
the giving as I did in the receiving. . . .
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W. K. (since killed).—Your very welcome parcel to
hand, the contents of which were greatly appreciated by
myself and chums. ‘ The happiest time out here is when
the parcels arrive, the weariness of the march seems to
fade away and the old billet feels like home. . . .
J. D. (Prisoner of War).—Just a few lines to let you
know that I received your parcel all right and I thank
yon very mucl^for it. I must say that it was a very
nice parcel and it was very acceptable. I thank the
Sunday School and the Church for their kindness
towards me. I must say that it is very lonely here,
shut out of the world. We hear nothing but see the
same things every day. I am beginning to lose heart
altogether. I do wish that this War was at an end.
We got a sad reverse at Mons and also at a place called
Bertry, where we were captured. There were only a
few hundred of us left out of a battalion of 1500 strong,
so you will have an idea what it was like.
T. G.—I received your most welcome box of gifts
last night for which please accept my heartfelt thanks,
also the thanks of my comrades in this company who
shared the gifts with me. I can assure you the socks
are most welcome. I may state that the little Testament
is in great demand, and every one here is anxious to get
his turn to read it when they come off duty. Please
accept my thanks on behalf of the Church and Sabbath
School iu their earnest endeavour to lighten the burden
of our dear soldiers who are doing their best for their
King arid Country out here. . . .
J. A.—I was very glad to receive your parcel and I
had a good tea for once since the War started. The
socks came in good time for I had not a pair to change
with the ones I have on. We have had our share of
the hard fighting, but I hope it will soon be over not
only for us out here but for the ones we have left
behind. I have been trying to find out something
about my brother out here but it is like looking for a
needle iu a haystack. You see thousands of soldiers
out here every day but it is very seldom that you see
anybody you know. . . ,
A. H.—I now take the pleasure of writing a few lines
of thanks for the nice parcel you sent me. I got a very
pleasant surprise when I opened it and saw all the nice
things it contained. I received it in the morning and
a few comrades and myself had a cup of cocoa, milk,
and the cake for our tea, which was just like being at
home for the time being.
We have the Bishop of London visiting us here for
a few days. He preached in the different Y.M.C.A.
Camps round here. He had a meeting in one close to
where I am staying which was attended by a large
gathering of civilians and soldiers. He had ” Pain ” as
his text and showed that we could not do without pain
as it created love and we could not do without love.
He also kept us cheery by his fine bits of humour, and
altogether his visit has been a great success.
I thank you for sending me the nice Testament which
I haven’t missed reading. I still have my army Bible I
was served out with in 1903. When I was called up for
the War I brought it with me and many a time I
have found comfort in reading it. . . .
J. S.—I now take the greatest of pleasure in writing
you these few lines to thank yon most heartily for your
useful and kindly gifts. I may say I received your
Testament on the day before my birthday, so I will
remember the day I received the Lord’s Word from you.
I am liking the work all right but I am having a very
rough time of it. . . .
T. N.—The-‘parcel so kindly sent by the Sunday
School members and your gift reached me just after an
exhausting march following 48 hours in the trenches, so
you can understand everything was fully appreciated.
It is good to think that when we are in an Inferno such
as even Dante never dreamed of the good people at home
are thinking of us and praying. We know very little
here about how the war is going, everything is kept
very secret. Our Battalion has had a fair share of
casualties but my company has been very fortunate.
G. K. —Just a line to let you know that I received the
parcel all right and I enjoyed its contents. I must
thank you all very much for your kindness, and hope
that I will be spared to come home and attend the
Church again. . . .

source-South Leith Magazine-1915

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