Hugh S. Calverley - A Man at War...
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Letter – I got your letter – October 24, 1914

Dear Gran,

I got your letter at last. They take a long time to get here. Thanks ever so much for the note. I am getting paid today I think, and I will pay you back. If we don’t get paid in time it will be very useful. Seale is putting in for his leave on the same day as I am. We put it in a day before.

The Chaplain-General preached to us on Sunday on “them that be against us are more that they be for us”. General Alderson is handling us a good deal. After the church parade he ordered the mob, he had to tell them to close up like a street crowd, consisting of 5 regiments, to reason -

“1st Batt to the left front 200 yards
2nd Batt to the right front 200 yards
3rd Batt to the rear 200 yards
Dominion Pats front 200 yards
Ambulance rear 200 yards

We disentangled ourselves first, no voice was allowed to be raised, no order to be shouted. This is the Army’s new way of doing things, to practice it for maneuvering under shell fire. We are called to parade, so good bye.

Hugh

WWI Scrapbook - Hugh Salvin Calverley
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