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January 19th 1915 - Letter from Cecil Brown Constable to his sister, Mela Brown Constable

19th January 1915
Correspondence From
Cecil Brown Constable
Correspondence To
Mela Brown Constable
Relationship to Letter Addressee
Text of Letter

January 19th 1914 (sic)

Just a line to thank you for your letters and all your good wishes.  Hope you are not finding the hospital work too much for you.  Though I write very seldom, yet I often think of you, doing your “little bit” for the Empire – it’s probably as valuable, though perhaps not so interesting as some of ours over here in France.

We have been indulging in a week’s rest in a town, but are off again very shortly to the trenches.  Rumour, “that lying jade”, has it that we may get some leave in a few weeks’ time, but we cannot put much confidence in any report not actually official.  Rumours – the air is full of them and they help to vary the monotony of life in barracks.

You may have heard from Mother that I am taking a commission in the London Scottish, in the battalion in which I have been since leaving England, ie the 1st Battalion; in consequence of this I shall probably get leave in any case to get my equipment.  During our last spell in the trenches we have had the same miserable weather and dirty conditions, although of all the troops in our vicinity we had the best position, situated as we were on rising ground dominating flat country, which was crossed with sheets of water in parts.

I am very fit and well – getting fat slowly, as we do not get as much exercise as previously.  Unfortunately what we do get is all lumped together – a march of 20 miles, say, in order to arrive at some point in good time.  We had “truce of God” near our positions on Xmas Day, though there was little firing between the trenches.

Well, goodbye old girl.  My kindest regards and good wishes to C E Sladden, Second Lieutenant, and to Mrs Sladden when you write.

Your affectionate brother


Letter Images
Cecil wrote 1914 but it should be 1915. Original letter plus copy.
Type of Correspondence
2 sheets of notepaper
Location of Document
Imperial War Museum
Record Office Reference
60/98/3 - in envelope entitled "Documents regarding Cecil Brown Constable"