Letter to Jack, 21st May 1918

Anonymous said...very interesting...
May 23, 2008

Anonymous said...It really isn't a very good reflection on the Army leaders of the time, that Harry has had to ask his civilian brother to find him books on Lewis gun operations and how to be an NCO! Anybody have any ideas WHY the Army didn't or couldn't supply such necessary books to the troops?
May 22, 2008
No real idea but I suspect that ammunition, food and men were rather occupying the priority spots - especially with the current problems in Flanders.

Kittybriton said...Are there any clues about what the books were? It would be interesting to know what Harry is reading in his spare time.
May 22, 2008
Harry asked Jack for two books - one on the Lewis Gun and one on Military matters like drills and saluting. I don't suppose either would take his mind off the war! BL

Ian Eiloart said...What's a y.m.?
May 20, 2008

Paul said...YMCA http://www.worldwar1.com/dbc/ymca.htm
May 20, 2008

"Y.M." is the common abbreviaton for Y.M.C.A. (Even today in the U.K.) The letter was written on Y.M.C.A. notepaper. The link takes us to a website about the Y.M.C.A. in World War 1. It is, however, a U.S. site and so is directed, understandably, at the "Y.M.s" for the U.S. soldiers. BL

Kathleen said...No letters to Kate for a while. Have these been lost or has he not written to her for a while?
May 21, 2008

Talizi said...I think these been lost.
May 21, 2008

Blogger Pamsie said...Indeed, we haven't seen any letters to Kate for a while.
Wonder what happened.
May 22, 2008

I have no way of telling! BL

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Sgt. Samuel E. Avery said...

Sgt Sam Avery of the AEF sends his kind regards and hopes for the best in this Great Struggle! Keep your head down and read my letters home during the War at http://massvolunteer.blogspot.com