Leeds Mercury 1914: Letters from the Front

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Check out the latest batch of 1914 Leeds Mercury letters from the front.

Private James Wilson, a Goole man, and a member of the Highland Light Infantry has written the following letter to his wife.

“I am sorry to have to tell you I have been shot three times in the legs, and am now in hospital and cannot walk. My regiment got cut to pieces at Mons, and I am a prisoner of war, having been captured by the Germans. I have had some marvellous escapes, but I suppose I am safe now until the war is over. The Germans took your photographs, but I have managed to keep a little one, so I can kiss you every night.”

“We are going into the Red Sea through The Suez Canal. They call this the Tropics. We are supposed to get extra pay - half as much again owing to the hot climate. lt is hard we have no potatoes, only peas, salt pork, or corned beef for dinner. 
“We have to work in turns at 140 degrees, all through the Germans. You would laugh to see the things we threw overboard - all loose woodwork, cabin doors, two pianos, one organ, easy chairs, couches, and glass cases.”

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