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Letter From The Trenches Dear Mother, How are things? Has little Julie started school yet? Has dad got better?

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Letter From The Trenches Dear Mother, How are things? Has little Julie started school yet? Has dad got better? I've just arrived at Normandy, this morning in fact; the journey was ghastly four hours in the back of an old truck then 2 hours on a boat. I met some rather splendid people along the way though. I met this one lad who was straight out of school just like me, he travelled right from Yorkshire to be here. He was a private with the second battalion and was needed on the front line as extra support. He was telling me about how his father had fought in the war and been brought home because of lumbago. His father had prepared him for the horrors war would bring and had geared him up with the spirit of the British. He seemed a nice chap, I hope he does well and gets home safely. ...read more.


He saved that private's life and we was rewarded for bravery and received the Victoria cross. The biggest thing that surprised me was how awfully bad the living condition are. Most of the men, including me, do not even have a proper bed to sleep on. Instead we have a wire frame, which we have to cling on to or face be bitten to death by rats. Another thing I miss though is your cooking. The food here is jolly rotten, every night we have the same ration meat but cleverly disguised into cutlets or chops. We will only get that if we are lucky. Some nights there has been nothing at all due to the supplies being cut off by the Germans. The other thing that's worrying me is the situation we have with equipment. Most of our equipment is either rusty or incomplete. I remember looking in the stores the other day and I saw about a dozen rusty grenades. ...read more.


Perhaps that's why Stanhope drinks; to take his mind off the life changing events he seen. I do not want to end up like that. Anyway, me and a few other soldiers have found a good way to amuse ourselves. There is this one game we call it Earwig racing. Basically you have a couple of earwigs and start them in a line, then when someone shouts "go" you dig your earwig in the ribs and steer its with a match across a table. I found that it you dip the earwig in whisky first it makes it go like hell! Well cheero, I will be home soon and do not worry about me though, I will be fine, I will pull through. My officers will show me what to do and do their best to look after me. I will do my best to serve my country and uphold Britain's honour. If all goes well I will be home by Christmas. Give my love to everyone. Remember when I get home I want a Sunday roast. I miss that most of all. See you soon. Lot of love Terry Josh Fradley ...read more.

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