- He believed I was a good fellow
and had played Rugby Football for Ireland!
- What do you think about the Conscription bill
It is a hard matter.
- First time I’ve been to church
on this side.
- All have had colds.
My own has gone away.
- O’Brien is very clever as a mimic
rather a poor little weed in his private capacity.
- I think I know Mrs Burke a little floppy kindly person.
a little floppy kindly person.
- I didnt really think there was any prospect of ever wanting them again
as I didnt think of coming back alive from the war.
- Roper was shipped off to undergo a rather urgent operation on his ear
one requiring “immediate treatment”.
- That French writer Gide is
a writer on Political Economy.
- There was also a bad smell of chlorine the unspeakable Huns having launched their infamous gas
the unspeakable Huns having launched their infamous gas.
- Oh my! I don’t want to die
I want to go home.
- Irish batallions have been getting a bad time
in the East.
- What you are going to do about your hair.
Send me a picture of you.
- Two lovely letters
- I am getting very lazy
writing in bed.
- You have had an awfully unpleasant time
I’m so sorry.
- You have told me nothing
except about your passport.
- You must not think of going to any town
that is subject to shell fire.
- Please be nice and don’t do it
even if you have made any plans.
- Poor folk are compelled to remain
at their small farms.
- It must have been very beastly being so ill
Im awfully sorry about it.
- and did it successfully.
I thought he would.
- I’ve just got your awfully sweet letter
You were too nice.
- Rather a wildgoose and absurd thing
to be mixed up in at all.
- Exceeding rotten time you had
- He’d be just excellent under fire
its no small thing to be.
- You look a bit blue
I believe youre frightened.
- I hope your better dear
Take this as a miserable reply.
- Glorious sleeping bag
- How awfully annoying and exceedingly ridiculous
of the authorities.
- What boneheads the authorities in England are
I am awfully sorry for you.
- Huns not yet at last gasp
Bombardment the other day.
- I really do need a pair of gum boots
Also a few pairs thick socks.
- The innate badness of the human race
You wouldn’t agree with any of it.
- The rain is trying to find a new way in
- He says now his hope is to keep an Estaminet
(Public House) after the war.
- When you hear Boom Fizz –m-m-m—–
you know its all right.
- I never thought that you would make it
Your persistence has conquered.
- We had a tearing hurricane
by rain the night before.
- By force of nails we managed to stave off
the threatened dissolution.
- Both sides having the divil of a time
with water in the trenches.
- Who should turn up but Adrian Stokes
formerly of TCD.
- I don’t take much stock of fête days
I didn’t know myself that All Hallows Eve had come and gone. I do not take much stock of fête days and the like. Everyday is much the same here. Ive not begun to think about getting leave yet it is unlucky to formulate plans in such a state of affairs in which ...
- He is not only a very clever mechanical amateur
but an exceedingly painstaking one.
- I am glad to hear that Opéra Comique is still running.
When La Bohême turns up you ought to go and see it.
- I got your awfully nice letter yesterday
The leather jacket is a great success.
- No chance of my walking into the boche’s lines
for want of a bearing.
- It’ll be grand when I get leave
I think they ship them over free of cost.
- Are they going to have conscription
I suppose not.
- You are seeing a lot more of the war than I
Im thinking and doing a lot more work.
- You’ll have your hands quite full of labour
& difficulties without any addition to it.
- It isn’t a nice thing to hate
and yet we cannot help it.
- Lots of frost and cold fingers
Ive still your gloves right here.
- I saw two operations in progress
in a tent.
- Dickens needs good long periods to read him in
which I cant get.
- Im sendng you a little handkerchief.
They make good lace here.
- I have been busy, trouble with bicycles going out of work
getting others on the road.
- Anxiously waiting for my rubber boots
which have been now 5 days in arriving.
- Socks are very useful. I wear them out quickly
and they are continuously wet.
- The presence of motor cyclists with their mud
is no addition to any ménage.
- A rat had given a good deal of trouble
He works around the chimney loosening up earth.
- What news is there?
Here rain, rain, rain.
- Pêcheur d’Islands by Pierre Loti which I mentioned to you
is unutterably sad.
- And I remember another ridiculous detail
that my boots were muddy.
- Two girls of the demi-monde sitting behind sniggered
& one said “Ils sont chic”.
- If you are drunk on boarding the train
you will be sent back to your unit.
- Well dear I hope youre verywell
& not tired.
- I am ready & decided now to put all negociations
in working order.
- It will surely be impossible to find such a good crowd
in the Commission Ranks.
- I think Ill write to your father tonight
& ask him to start the machinery with Farquarhson.
- One man fell through the roof
of one into a Christmas Party.
- Mudded & Muddled
& happy as Kings.
- They are fine fellows
and deserve to drown their hardships.
- Perhaps if I were from the trenches
I’d enjoy a magnificent & disreputable carousal.
- Untidy horrible writing
& untied horrible composition
- Mud-guard Hone
out for a causal spin.
and toast list.
- Back of menu.
- Never surely did soldiers live in such luxury as we do.
I got a book on AE by Darrel Figgis.
- “You have belittled my country
you who have no country”.
- I have been reading a bit of the Taming of the Shrew”
It is a play I’ve liked always.
- I’m glad you’ve had a good crowd of Belgians at your canteen.
I admire the Belgians greatly.
- Do not an’ you love me, leave London
before next Monday.
- Find out, if you can, a nice hotel in London
where the manager does not close his doors.
- Write please to my father and yours
and tell them that I think it very probable I’ll be back.
- Well here’s looking to next week.
It will be glorious.
- Is Cruise O’Brien a regular member of the Company now?
How did he get on?
- A sergeant of Engineers from the trenches
told me I looked as if I had not washed in a week.
- A Dixie it is made by “Colonel” Dixie
whom you may see in the advertisements.
- I got the ham OK thank you awfully much.
I think myself it was not quite enough cooked.
- They are so badly brought up as Canadian children
which says a lot.
- I would like to take you a trip on the Motor Cycle
& shew you all the historic places.
- All this week I have been mess corporal
a job that entails my being at the Camp to inspect the rations.
- It would be ideal to get a nice job at engineering at 150 p.a.
in some good climate.
- I hope youre v.well dear & forgiving
in the matter of letters.
- I played Bridge last night till near one o clock.
It is the first game I played since ever so long.
- What d’ye think of the Contesse Marcievicz.
Olive tells me she wanted to over throw “the hated British Government”.
- It would not be at all wasted effort either
if it widened the reading public in that direction.
- We dont wear coats any more nor slip about on the roads.
Yesterday our village was more like a watering Place than a war.
- It is shaped like a Bomb
but I dont suppose it is.
- Lots of people think the war is soon going to finish
I dont know just why.
- I am on duty tonight and at noon today
& thought it necessary to take out my engine and clean it.
- We are able to do just what we like
with these here Germans.
- It is raining like mad which is good
as the roads will not be greasy.
- I had a very amusing letter from her
which I must answer.
- He is a motorcyclist
and was through the second wipers battle.
- He was not at all a warlike person to look at or talk to
in fact a delicate quiet fellow.
- A nice racy American method of describing things
that this chap had.
- I hope to sleep all day tomorrow
so you must not be surprised if you dont hear.
- The Major said that seeing that the red tape was almost impassable
he advised me I to pack up the application.
- My application papers have been returned to the O.C.
they cannot go through in their present form.
- It is in no way my fault
as Maj D. himself chose the blue form off a table beside him.
- I have seen Capt WP Hone & like his manner & appearance.
He impresses me as being keen, capable, & well educated”.
- I have put up a tent being fed up
with living below the ground.
- I’m not nerve broken
except for the rats.
- I am sure the idea is humanitarianism
and most decidedly not cancellation.
- The President of the USA is almost the only position
that can not be filled by grafters.
- The speech of Corporal Lees Smith has truth written in every line
whether it be distasteful or not.
- Tell me dearie did you ever get the cheap h’dchief
- I had a man faint “on my hands”
early this morning.
- I refused to send him rum.
Was that correct?
- I expect it was the flu made such a mess of me
- I wish I had you to stroke!
I wish you were here in the mud with me.
- I almost feel myself becoming an Engineer again
with all the digging.
- It is in most respects a very decent life
but I wish that I had you.
- There is a fearful amount to do yet
Tomorrow being Christmas day.
- I remember well last Christmas day
on which nobody fired one shot.
- Something that I can slip on my tired feet when I come in
yet are substantial enough to stand a little mud.
- Our Interpreter caught an owl walking about today
and has brought it into his dugout.
- There were services and had I been less busy
I should have gone.
- This Coleman was a USA correspondant with the British
and has some wonderful tales.
- He tells me that they proceeded to cheer him up
until he was quite happy again.
- Well dearie all my love to you this Christmas night
and may it be the last in this place.
- We have some nice lilac in the garden
the whole place smells very sweetly.
- I have eaten a great deal of the food already
but not read any of the Tolstoi book.
- A damp day today and a disappointing
as a part of my wall fell in.
- The weather is against earth work
as the rain makes everything heavy.
- I am sure they are more sick of it then we are
which is probably a good deal.
- I cannot understand her being very ill
as she never looked it.
- I saw a good many prisoners the other day
on the road they were very nice I thought.
- Soon I’ll put an Elephant in.
I’ll tell you what an Elephant is tomorrow.
- The one from Canada was like a breath from a long gone past.
He now appears to want to pay me 300 dollars.
- The only thing he said outside the sphere of the War
was that Dublin was dull.
- An Elephant is a round steel arch
about 6 foot high in the middle.
- What a very unhappy tale about the little girl
whose boy was killed.
- The Roast Beef we had last night.
A whole joint cooked in the little earth oven.
- I saw a village that was literally level with ground
no brick standing.
- If I was at all keen he wouldnt stand in the way.
So it was a bit of a temptation.
- Most of the work would be mending rails
smashed up by shells.
- A nice dog attached itself to the work today
and followed me to OP.
- I heard after that he visits batteries all the time
but never stops for long.
- We have started leaving one of us each day in the billets
to have a bath.
- I have been reading The New Statesman on premature peace
it is rather disheartening.
- When two or three miners get working together on a tunnel
they talk a language incomprehensible to others.
- He was trying to get the poet of the Irish renaissance
is quite like a picture of Synge.
- “I knew a Phoenix in my Youth”
I would love to know that by heart.
- I will arise & go now and go to my OP
And a deep-dugout build there of steel and timber made.
- Today with the motor to an Expeditionary force canteen
and bought a great deal for the Mess.
- It is rather disheartning after our having got down so far
& worked Xmas & Sundays.
- I thought a lot about the little one to be during the trip
and wondered would the war be finished before it arrived.
- I see the little neutral states are talking now
a bit about the Peace.
- Three parcels two from you my dear containing lovely sox
and lots of handkerchiefs.
- A box of cigs arrived from Mrs Shepperd or is it Miss?
Very nice of her.
- Manchester Guardian received today has 3 very good letters
on inconclusive wars.
- An awfully nice dog has attached himself to us.
A very big red-setter-retreiver.
- Today has been a terrible day
dont think that we have been wiped out.
- Abandoned on further consideration
will start again tomorrow.
- Everything was frozen very hard
& things do not smell in the frost so much.
- An autostrop razor Strop cannot get it here
& all my blades are blunt.
- The dog has left us and lives now with the Cook.
Last night a cat came instead.
- Got only 3 hours for some reason
or other couldnt sleep.
- He seems very determined to go on peace-campaigning
The Peace is undoubtedly in the Air.
- If I had drums & trumpets
if I had Aught of heroic pitch”.
- I’ve slept a good deal better
that is to say a good deal longer.
- You say that people in higher politics rarely speak the truth
that may be so,
- Do not rack your brains over these poor mans problems
rather take the little one out into the Sun.
- It is awfully good of you to be getting the people to send me things
for the Bty.
- From the view of Pure Reason he should fight in the Rebellion
and I should be neutral.
- The enthusiasm of getting rounds in a trench is not equalled
by my humanitarian instincts.
- I feel that we strafe the Germans rather too comfortably
and prefer doing it from the observation end.
- Latest news Reuter says diplomatics broken off between Germany & USA.
It is very exciting.
- I talked about children to LS he seems to have had a wonderful success
in the matter of their adopted child.
- The matter of the adopted child is of great interest
LS holds that it will grow up more in comformity with its Environment.
- This matter of USA & severed relations
is fraught with interesting situations.
- That Germany deliberately provoked neutrals
in order to have all the world against her.
- We are here for freedom of nations
not for aggrandisment”.
- It recalls these white papers I was fond of and used to read to you
till you dropped asleep.
- Certainly Germany has been the most aggressive of all
from the Policemans point of view .
- It is rather deplorable that people should be standing idle
when they are so much wanted.
- I see the Germans are starting a blockade
I dont see why they shouldn’t.
- It is colder than ever.
I’m huddled over a fire.
- Thank your mother for socks dearie
Socks are wearing out at a great rate now.
- I will arise & go now & go to Inverness
And a small villa rent there of lath & plaster build.
- This morning one still feels lost
I dont know where our friends have got to.
- It will all depend on the military sit[uation]
& that is obscure enough God wot.
- You will have your work to do “minding” the Baby
and providing entertainment.
- How could I have photographs taken here
cameras are not allowed in the fronts.
- With Howitzers the charge is variable
and one used with full charge gets old.
- Belloc has been right
and enemy cannot hold on for ever.
- Tonight’s Daily Mail says they have taken Kut.
Every move backwards must be distasteful
- Belloc’s intimate knowledge of the fronts is extraordinary
and he approaches the subject as few others.
- I dont care much for mixing the Irish Politics with the European War
because it is shaking to the faith.
- Poor B.Shaw as kindly a man as ever was
probably got into terrible trouble for his articles.
- I had rather be a prisoner in English hands
than in any other European hands.
- I dont want a box of tools because they are inconvenient
- It is very distressing not getting a word at all from you
or news of the little one.
- Willey was in great shape cracking his French witticisms
with the Natives.
- I suppose there is the same amount of nonsense talked about these brutalities
of the English in Germany.
- You could reognize a horse you had ever seen before as well
if not better than a human person.
- The roads are breaking up badly & the lazy Germans threw .
big lumps go stones about them.
- Hannays lecture might be interesting enough
he has spoken to a good many people in the War.
- Coming home had an incredible bloody journey.
Driver tried to take a direct route in the dark.
- Bringing stuff for mens canteen
and everything was hurled about.
- No light job pulling off cylinders
& you did it grandly.
- I had a good days shooting and bombarded a church.
A good occupation for a Sunday.
- R.L.S. is a very nice writer indeed
I like everything of R.L.S.
- It would be a great blessing if people worked more on the soil
and got more from it.
- There is something reason & common-sense that keeps them outside
the sympathies of the people.
- I got your little letter today and am glad I didn’t destroy you
utterly with all my politics.
- The roads are much worse than I thought
worse than any of our old roads.
- It is very delightful when you are actually shooting
otherwise you are with-out any home-comforts.
- This is indeed a miserable letter
& yours of today was so nice.
- I am ashamed to say I’ve not written to him myself.
Only I sent him a Christmas Card.
- The “Phoenix” Poem dearie is not by Oliver Gogarty
but by WB Yeats.
- If all the neutrals went against Germany
it would hasten her end.
- I am entirely out of news today it has been [?a poorish day]
- I hope you didn’t take my letter of last night too seriously
really it was partly a pose.
- This is a poor and a scarce country.
there are no shops or people handy.
- This morning I found some soldiers playing cricket
and joined in the game.
- This afternoon we had great golf.
I and Hume (Belfast) played ?(Belfast) and ?(Canada).
- We had a great dinner last night
with goose & champagne.
- I find myself writing that “the visibility is poor”
instead of “a misty day”.
- Did you ever get a letter from written by the moonlight.
This is one.
- I am doing literally nothing at all day.
It is very cold a blizzard.
- LS & Baker say it is a very good
and wonderfully clever idea.
- All together dearie (may I say it) the whole thing is very good
except the lights.
- I am rather anxious that one of my signallers
should get a kind of medal.
- I cannot state definitely what he has done
as I dont go into Brrnages myself.
- How are you this wretched evening
I thought this morning was going to be like spring.
possible that they were never posted. It is no use my promising to get a letter off every day. I see no reason at present why I shouldnt but similar circumstances to the late ones may arise at any moment. I will however promise to do my best and that if anybody gets a ...
- We had nine holes of golf the evening we arrived
it wasnt very successful.
- She had not been brought up in Ireland
to know the Celtic Twilight maybe.
- This Donegal mans name is Kennedy. He wears spectacles,
He wears spectacles.
- He is a very gallant fellow
& will certainly meet a violent death.
- Kennedy of Co. Donegal supplies the Music
& we agreed there was no talent.
- He pulled a tooth out very smartly.
He told me there had been an absess under it.
- The Soviet session seems to have been the usual thing
and now the Reichstag is going into “Rest”.
- I have got a hold of a lovely book called “Wuthering Heights”
by Emily Bronte with grand people in it.
- Have you bought that present from me
for the overdressed and spoilt baby yet?
- I havent been feeling very fit lately.
Your letter today upset me very much.
- No the Dug –Out isn’t dry nor is anything or anyone else
in this accursed climate.
- I’m afraid Im unable to see the glamorr of it
only the beastliness is very apparent.
- We were reading the Russian affair yesterday night.
It seems much the most serious thing on at present.
- Rats attacked again last night and took your photo on to the floor
but didnt damage it at all.
- I didn’t know at all that chloroform was ever given
but I am sure it should be done if you think it should.
- I am afraid today I am monstrously sick of the War
and hate it very much.
- I expect some retribution will be owing to us
for the quiet time we have been having.
- Did I tell you I dined with the Colonel the other night
a nice man easy and kind hearted.
- A lot of work is carried on at night
but that is the workmens choice.
- I suppose Ive told you thestory that I refused to earlier.
If not Ill tell it to you some other letter.
- I had a full sized ride on a pony a fat black pony
without any shape at all.
unlimited number of horses to have for the excercising & that you who’d appreciate it much more should have a wee bit trot on K. Ferries horse on the high road.
The sergeant was awfully perfect he sat as straight as a rush he is I believe about the best rider ...
- Most terrible of all would probably be conscripted
before I got to Ireland.
Reasons for believing (3)
O/C Bde returned from England today and said, as one with authority and probably a very large army will have to be kept for 5 years…..hum….haw…..of course that depends on Wilson”
I regard this as opinion of W.O. A pretty state of things when Wilson has to decide how ...
- I went to Cologne & bought 5 barrels of beer for Battery.
General impression of cheeriness and friendliness.
- It was afternoon when I got there & by the time I had bought the beer
it was dark nearly.
- First a happy new year and a wish that it does not grow very old
before we are together.
- From your letters it appears that its better to wait
till Mrs Farquarshon meets the Colonel.
- The great drawback to all this is that
the W.O. will delay interminably.
- Let us wait till we hear a little more
and when you go to London,
- We kept it on till 2 30 am all merry but no one up-roarious
which was good.
- The old chap apparently mixed his drinks a little too freely
for he was in bed at noon today.
- Your plum pudding last night was fine:
it was merged in with those of others.
- The W.O. are not like ordinary people
& you have to be wary with them.
- Sketch including Baldwein
- Sketch of the author
- Major went off this morning I had not thought I could have felt it
so much as I do.
- I have little interest left here. Indeed it is difficult
to keep up an interest.
- I do not care much what happens
beyond getting away from here.
- I am going to meet an Advisory Committee on Monday
with a view to ascertaining any news of jobs.
- The mess were greatly amused when I told them
that you were arranging for a job for me.
- I am awfully glad that Nolls better
and took no harm from going out.
- If they can improve railway conditions
it will not be very long before I get away.
- The pen which I am using is just right. The knife, everything
- If I hadnt been in bed as I was I could hardly have resisted
going to see what was going on.
- Our artillery had been a little active all morning
and began to get worked up.
- The fellows from the trenches tell me it is impossible
to get used to shells.
- But Right, Equity are not worthy dying for.
Is anything worth that?
- I hope you dont hate my meandering on
or think it an affectation.
- When it gets raised high I shut my hands over my ears.
I cannot stand it any more.
- I told George I was ready to sell the Triumph
and thought it worth £40.
- Posts are arriving erratically. That is why you say
I didnt write for a week.
- I cant well wear him in my hat because
it would be an unsoldierly trinket.
- Belloc says the Enemy will be starting on his downward path
next January at the latest.
- I got up and lit a candle and a cigarette and swore a good deal
and put on my mackintosh suit.
- I’m only reading very little
I get a French book about every week.
- I do hope youll have a nice time there
and will be getting your health.
- Do you think that is an unlucky thing to do
let me know.