Author Archives: Charles Wyndham Wynne

He gave lectures & demonstrations

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[13 April 1917] a bit of luck happening to fall my way! any I’m afraid I can claim no credit simply a pure piece of luck – Anyway the extra pay will come in handy – today was quite an interesting day as an officer came down with a wireless set & some other new apparatus just come out, he gave lectures & demonstrations wh were distinctly interesting & I enjoyed seeing his apparatus – The course finishes end of next week I’m very much wondering how I’ll find the battery & how they will have got on, now its getting late & I’m getting a bit sleepy so will leave this over to finish tomorrow 14th Just a few lines before breakfast is brought in – This is another heavenly day I hope its the same with you I think we must really have shaken off winter this time – As to signalling in the battery it is just as well for officers to be able to signal, but not necessary as there are the signallers to do that job (15) I’m afraid I’ve been very bad abt not getting this letter off, especially as yesterday Sat, we stopped work. 12-30

A real perfect Spring day

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TCD MS 10247/1/833 folio 1 recto

Signal school 1st Army

13-4-17

I have been getting grand budgets of letters lately – w[hich] always give gt delight some most excellent in one also one from V. & one from Em – Certainly I have nearly given up attempting to understand the weather. e.g. Wed well into April & started a bitter <cold> windy day, midday took to rain, w[hich] soon turned to snow & continued almost speedy/spreading a regular blizzard right thro’ the night to next morning – sickening for the present work against the Hun, anyway today at last was a real perfect Spring day wind quite moderate & [?cloying] & hardly a cloud. I went for a short walk this evening & everything was looking simply grand I do hope you are having the same, – one of the budget of letters I got yesterday was quite a pleasant one from the Battery saying that my acting Captaincy had gone through all right – so now I’m 2d Lt – acting Capt & can put up the badge of Capt & draw the pay, in fact really its quite the same as substantive rank of Capt as far as practice goes. – Certainly it is

With love to all three

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[20 April 1917] that got splayed passing through steel side of his machine, they expected him back in England any day – ever darling Wan with love to all three. Y[ou]r loving

A.K. Wynne

Certainly the Canadians are a real goodheart jolly set

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TCD MS 10247/1/833 folio 2 verso

blaze & continued to burn as it was handed round, Certainly the Canadians are a real goodheart jolly set –
I am really quite getting on at signalling – there was a test this morning on the buzzer – (morse – short & long buzzes) – I read messages correctly up to 8 words a min. & got most of one sent at 10 – Of course a good signaller will read up to 30 or 40 a min but that takes months if not years of practise
Today the weather has changed again – the wind has dropped & it is quite mild, but soft steady rain has been falling all day, of course we’d rather have sun & bright days but its a very gt improvement on the continuous high wind & snowstorms we were having up to last week, as you say its a bit heartbreaking being away from the battery just when things start waking up, it will be intensely interesting when I return next Sund to see what has happened – Of course then I shall be all behindhand wh is the worst of it I expect they’ve had a pretty busy time now this letter has rambled on painfully

I don’t imagine the old Hun is altogether happy

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long so I will stop – how I wish a bit of leave would roll along so that I might have a sight of everyone again for a bit, anyway cheer up! it might work round before the summer’s out yet – one never can tell, or maybe better still the old Hun’ll have to give a permanent leave – so’s we’ll all be home again – & I don’t imagine the old Hun is altogether happy – let him
Don’t return – A.K.W

Certainly I shall be real sorry to leave this

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[21 April 1917] laid out ready, coffee keeping hot on the fire! Certainly I shall be real sorry to leave this -Well now goodnight – ever so much love to all. Y[ou]r ever l[ovin]g son, Charles

His son had a very narrow escape

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[20 April 1917] usually a limp time for everyone – V is feeling rather limp & tired but looks well & her appetite is good. I suppose it is to be expected she will feel a little the worse – I am sorry to hear of Mr K’s illness – It was very nice of Emma to send V. the fan – we were glad to have some news of her – this is a heavenly day – we are cut off from everyone till this day week. I had a nice letter from Genl Arthur, his son had a very narrow escape – his poor observer killed riddled with bullets “Henry” himself wounded either with an expanding or a bullet

I feel proud of my son the Staff Officer

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20 [April 1917]

My dearest Wan I have copied out the most interesting parts of CWWs last letter & send it in this. It is  g[rea]t news that he is now a Capt – not yet 22 – so I feel proud of my son the Staff Officer & my son the Capt – I sh[oul]d like to see the boy with his stars. It is a g[rea]t comfort to know that the boy has plenty of moral strength for his Canadians I gather are a jolly rowdy & no doubt hard-drinking set – So sorry that CB has the tired fit – but Spring is

We could afford to drop a few little presents

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[13 April 1917] 182 comes full pelt across the Rhine that’ll wake him a bit. We could well afford to drop a few little presents over into his own country!

Well now goodby[e] Mother dear, best love to Father and all.

your ever lvg son

Charles

How I wish a bit of leave would roll along

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[13 April 1917] interesting when I return next Sunday to see what has happened – Of course then I shall be all behind hand which is the worst of it. – I expect they’ve had a pretty busy time. The other day I had a letter from Balliol saying that they were storing the stuff left there at the beginning of the war in cellars and had difficulty in keeping them dry and advicing their removal – I expect they’re really quite all right but I think it would be rather an advantage to have them at home. – I wrote to Balliol to find what they had of mine and when I hear will tell them to send it on to Tigroney. – I also wrote straight to the Y.M.C.A. Stockcross about the stuff I left there – as I couldn’t get any answer through Hilda Stockley. I told them to send it all right through to Avoca so hope it will duly arrive all right.

Now this letter has rambled on painfully long so I will stop – how I wish a bit of leave would roll along so that I might have a sight of everyone again for a bit – any<way> cheer up – it might work round before the summers out yet, one never can tell – or maybe better still the old Hun’ll have to give a permanent leave – so’s we’ll all be home again – you never can tell – the year has started well and I don’t imagine the old Hun is altogether happy – let him wait till