Harry just left off a period at the end of the last on the second page. Or he lost his train of thought between completing the second page and starting to write on a fresh sheet of paper, the third page. The third and fourth pages make sense to me. I don't understand what the fuss is all about. It is not like he has all the time in the world to proof these letters or use a spelling/grammer checker in a computer program.
May God help Harry survive the horrible war.
February 10, 2008
Blogger Yelsmlaugh said...
As Nick said on Jan 30, the only thing that is missing is a period (full stop ex America). The forgotten bottle is a minimalist description of the hectic six crossing withdrawal from the front lines. One learns this kind of code when faced with censorship. The letter reads very smoothly as is and, since it is the only copy we have, that is all to the good.
February 10, 2008Anonymous said...
We have two holidays like that here in America. Memorial Day and Veteran's day. Good Luck!
February 10, 2008
If the British guys that 90 years ago died for anything, it would of been for the freedom of the children they never knew, to of voted freely. If we are to be given an extra Bank Holiday then the least we can do is honour it to them.
All the best for you!!!!!!!!!!!! from Peru [South-America]
I hope you'll keep doing this amazing work ^-^ :D
Hallo, I am from the Czech republic. I found randomely your website. It is very interesting, I enjoyed it very much, because my grand - grandfather fought in the First world war too. He used to talk about it very much. During 1918 he served in Italy, opposite of your hero. I am looking forward next letter. Thank you - and excuse my bad English - at school I was studying Russian only :-).
If you look at the first page, it is folded like an airplane would be, and the second is not. Perhaps these sheets are two seperate letters and sent to different people, but in haste were mixed up, if that makes sense.
Bill, I know that you are not involved with this petition, other than peripherally.
However, I do not agree with public holidays of this sort - they deflect from the importance of the day being honoured. In Australia we have two days that are public holidays - Australia Day on 26th January and ANZAC Day on 25th April. Australia Da has a PH on the closest Monday whereas ANZAC Day has a PH on 25th and if it falls on a weekend then that it how it falls. I much prefer this. A long weekend just means that people go away for a vacation and the real meaning of the PH is forgotten.
I wonder if there are actually parts of two different letters here. It is a bit hard to tell from the scan but the folds on the first two pages seem to be different to the last two pages.
I think the paper described the march but left out reference to the rum (that the troops never left behind - perhaps for the cold?)
Great work - thanks
Hi My name is Juan, I live in Argentina, Buenos Aires and your blog was taken by one of the most important newspapers in my country (Clarin) and publish it today.
It is an excellent and innovative idea around WW stories and information, big welcome to new things like this one.
Looking forward to read all letters.
Cheers from Argentina.
Buenisima la historia que estas publicando. Gracias por compartirlo.
Cheers from Argentina! this was published in the newspaper called ´CLARIN´just today. Fascinating story, great idea. thanks for sharing.
I am reading the letters in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I readed about the blog in a newspapper of my country (Clarín).
this is a great work...congratulations!!
thank you for honouring us in allowing us to read this story.