A Sunny Subaltern; Billy's Letters from Flanders

A Sunny Subaltern; Billy's Letters from Flanders

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1916 edition. Excerpt: ... finally a little older boy said "souveneer," and I tumbled. He wanted a biscuit like we eat. Hard tack, in other words. It may seem easy when it's spelled out, but when a dirty faced youngster grabs your thumb and adds his weight to the already enormous tonnage which you're carrying, your powers of understanding cease and your perspective rather clouds. Well, my dear, I don't think there is much more to tell, but will write from our new quarters next week Love to all. Billy. Somewhere, March 6, IQl6. Dear Mother, --Your letter dated February 15 arrived to-day and finds me in hospital where I've been for five days. Nothing serious but a nasty attack of "toenail" poisoning from eating something too near the side of a tin. It occurred a week to-day, just before we moved down to Brigade reserve about two miles from the firing line. I had nothing to eat for two days, that is, could eat nothing, and suffered from acute diarrhoea and then did thirteen miles in marching order to here, which was more or less of a "via dolorosa" for me, and when I arrived was glad to lay me down in a dugout which leaked. Next morning the Colonel and Medical Officer insisted upon me going into hospital, much against my will, for the battalion moved up to the firing line, for its first time that night. It was a bitter disappointment to your "only only" for, dear, after one has laboured for months studying and instructing his men, and when the cli max comes and all his work is to be put into actual practice, it comes hard to lie down and feel that he is not to have a part in it. However, here I am, hoping to get out today and go in the line for four days the day after to-morrow. I'm feeling much better, thank you, and...show more

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  • Paperback | 26 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236851676
  • 9781236851673