The Western Front

The Life and Death of a British Officer

Captain Oswald Eric Wreford Brown

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Marched back from 48 hours in the trenches to a place just behind firing line, I found your parcel awaiting me. I was thankful and it came in the nick of time as things were a little disorganised and food scarce.

 

We had a hard time for our 48 hours. Water now greatest enemy. We lost no one from shell fire, but we had 6 men knocked out from the exposure which was not many considering the wet and rain. I practically got no sleep all the time and was very exhausted on arrival here but a few hours rest have set me up again.

 

RETURNED ENGLAND ON WEEKS LEAVE DECEMBER 13TH TO DECEMBER 20TH

 

December 21st

 

Arrived here Tuesday this morning at 2am. Good crossing. Smooth. The Show on Sunday was much bigger than appeared in the paper. We lost a certain amount of men, but our artillery gave them fearful stuff.

 

December 28th

 

We are in cellars now in a place which usually gets very much shelled.

DECEMBER 1915

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