IN THE TRENCHES .AND TN HOSPITAL. Detective-sergeant Ward has received two letters from his younger brother, who in November was fighting in Belgium with the Coldstream Guards, and in December occupisd a cot in the Royal Infirmary, Dundee. The first letter is dated "Sunday, November 8, in the trenches," and reads:— "Just a few lines in answer to your welcome letter, which I r«ceived safely. You will see. by the above that I look like spending my Christmas vacation in tlae trenches. I am getting a bit tired of this life. We have been in the trenches for seven days, and I had the first wash to day for a fortnight, and I have not had my boots off for three weeks. It is awful to see the damage that has been done in this country—houses, farms, churches, villages, all burnt by the Germans, also to see the life that is lost and ruined ; your comrade getting shot down beside you, and you wondering whether it is your turn next or not. But, still, everyone is cheerful and happy in spite of all hardships. I see our men go into action here as calmly as if they .were going to the theatre. When they get in a, tight corner they light a cigarette and hope for the best. The German artillery are very good, but the infantry aro very poor shots. Show them a bayonet and they will run for miles. My regiment have done very good work here, tor which we received the congratulations of Sir John French. At a place named Landrecies my battalion was attacked at 10 o'clock at night while at rest. That night we saved oar own division and the French army's flank, and I shall be greatly surprised if we don't get a special decoration for it. As I write, this German shells are whistling round about me." The second letter reads as follows : "Just a few lines to let you know that I have been drafted home from the front. I was shot through the right kneo at the. defence of Ypres, in Belgium, on the 16th inst.. and have been sent to the above address (Royal Infirmary, Dundee, Scotland). I was under the X-ray this morning, and to-morrow morning I am undergoing an operation to have the bullet extracted. 1 was in the Casino at Boulogne for three days: it has been converted into a hospital. When I was in the ambulance, coming from the firing line, we had the pleasure of having the top blown off the ambulance with a German shell. Nobody was hurt."
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TWO LETTERS!, Evening Star, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915