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WWI Scrapbook - Hugh Salvin Calverley
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Letter – I am in London – January 26, 1915
12th Essex Regt, White City


Dear Mum

I am in London for a bit. We are quartered with the rest of the brigade. The men in the Aerial and Land Transport; the officers in the Fine Arts Building. We have been out to Richmond Park twice, taking our dinners with us, and once to Wimbledon Common. It is a good thing being all together in one place. It is a good thing being all together in one place.

I saw Gran the day after her birthday. Viola was up too. Gran is very well; she showed me Grandpapa’s and Mr. Godman’s lovely Persian Pottery book. I showed her the new bayonet exercises and Phys Drill movements and made her march a section round a table. We had tea with Lucy Ouless. Kitty and Evelyn were there. Evelyn is still the same as her picture in the dining room. M. Le Parrot still barks and meows.

We must move off by 7 a.m. tomorrow to dig trenches at Brentwood so I must hurry up. 16 platoon is very fit and much fitter than the other platoons. Only 2 out of 60 are sick – 20 or more are sick out of the other platoons. I have feet inspect after route marches. Meth. Spirits is the stuff for tender feet.

The Canadians are still on the plain in the mud. I think they must have pinched the 2nd biscuit tin full of grub. Perhaps Baggie will forgive them – because of the mud. (Zu neck)

Good night. Love to Beagamdimag. . .and Co.

Your loving Hugh

WWI Scrapbook - Hugh Salvin Calverley
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Letter – Happy New Year – January 2, 1915
Essex, Harwich


Dear Mum

Happy New Year to you all. You didn’t guess what was coming last year on Jan 1, perhaps you will have better luck this time.

I am having a good time at the beginning of the *drawing of a crucible* just the beginning of things. I have 60 men under me to train and learn to handle. Quite a responsibility, following the excuse of all things that have been bottled up so far. I am now working with 12 others under instruction by the Serg, my gym instructor, I have lectures in the evening after being on the rifle range, by various people. I am the orderly officer today and have to inspect rations in five minutes.

Dad is very happy and the men in his company worship him. He does such a lot of nice things for them, that they can’t help it. I get on very well with him not that he is so busy. He is taking a…

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