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WW1 Letter Dear Elizabeth, How are you? How are Edward and Margaret? How's life in England? How is Edward, is he still the naughty cheeky boy I knew? How is Margaret, last time I saw her she was only 6 months old? How are the children coping without a father? I miss both you and the children so much. A lot has happened since I last saw you as well. As you probably know, I am presently a soldier fighting in the ongoing Great War. When I signed up to fight Germany I was under the impression that the war would be over before Christmas, I never thought it would last as long as this, two years, and still not be over. There were many reasons I joined the army. One of these was the Lord Kitchener poster. That poster was everywhere, no matter where you were all you could see was Lord Kitcheners finger pointing at you. This made me to feel as if I had to do something to do something to help my country. Another reason I joined the army was because I was promised that I would not get separated from my friends. This part was partly true, I arrived in France with all of them however after the first major battle we fought, the Battle of Mons, all of them died apart from Alfred, Harry and me. ...read more.


Right behind the barbed wire is the parapet; this is a form of protection against bullets for the soldiers inside the trench. The parados is exactly the same just at the back of the trench. We use sandbags to told up the dug out and support the trench. The duckboard is just a board at the bottom of the trench that we use to keep our feet dry. The firestep is what we use to shoot the enemy. The dugout is the area that we sleep and relax in. The drainage ditch is a hole in the duckboard that allows the water to escape from the trench. Each trench also has a wooden periscope that is used to spot the enemy. We are supposed to spend 6 days every month on the frontline trenches however this hardly even happens. One of my friends, Jack, spent 2 whole months on the frontline trench. I'm one of the lucky ones; the most I've ever spent on the trench in one month is 7 days, which isn't too bad. There are many problems facing us soldiers in the trenches. Strange beetles with dangerous looking horns wiggled along dry ledges and then invaded dugouts in search of lice, which invested them. Another problem that faces us is lice; so far I haven't caught it. ...read more.


The 7 days of artillery fire and hardly any effect on the German trenches as we found out when we arrived at the German trenches. I was one of the only ones in my group to survive going over the top in the Battle of Somme. According to my friend, Harry, 57,000 of our men were either dead or injured on the first day on that Battle. When men die, there isn't anything you can do. It happens so often that you no longer start crying about it, it just becomes part of everyday life. The stench of bodies rotting is all over the trenches as there is nothing to do with the dead bodies so quite often they end up staying in the exact same position they die in. I feel really sorry for the young boys that lied about their age to get into the army; it was such a big disappointment for them. They were expecting the war to be over soon and to be portrayed as heroes once they got back home. However, most of them will never get the chance to back home, as this war is one that takes many lives each day. Anyway I hope that you and the children and everyone back home are fine. Although I don't see an end to the war soon let us pray and hope that it will end soon so I can come home and spend time with my family, where I belong. Miss you loads Lots of Love Robert ...read more.

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