Letters from the First World War

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Andrew Sinclair from Hawthorn Terrace to his mother

Dear Sister,
Just received your very welcome letter dated 25 August and was glad to see by it that you are all well at home as this leaves me in the pink and enjoying life as much as possible under the circumstances. I’m very happy because after all we are going to win the war and I don’t think it will take us much longer. Well Mary Anne, I feel quite sorry for you, and I say it is a shame sending Dick out again as it is as little as they could do as to let one of us stop at home, after all we have suffered. But I think the army is like most of the people these times, the more one does for them the more they ask you. But you can take my word for it, in future I am going to do as little as possible for them. Dear sister, don’t worry too much, for I’m sure Dick will be able to take care of himself so be easy in your mind. When you are writing to him Mary Anne tell him I could not write in answer to his last letter as he might have been shifted and would not have got it. And tell him I am waiting for a letter with his new address. Well now Mary Anne, I know that you all like May and as soon as I can after the war, you will get a big night. Well now, there’s nothing more I have to say so hoping this will find you all well, I’m hoping to hear from you again soon, with best love o the children, and you, and all at home, your loving brother, Andy. XXXXXXXXXX

From Lt. Burns to Bissie on the Death of Samuel

Dear Friend Bissie,

Just a few lines to let you know that I got your letter alright and was glad to have a few lines from you as I did not like to say much in the last letter about your brother Samuel. The way he met with his death was that he was employed as a Head Quarter Runner and it was [while] taking [a]message from his Batt. to the Connaught Rangers that he got hit in the back with a piece of shell and died two days later in hospital. He seemed to have lost the power of his legs as I think the wound was near the spine. I was with him till he was sent to hospital as it was through the day he got his and we could not remove him until night. The doctor dressed him about five minutes after it happened as he was seen falling from where we were and his mate fot hit on the hand and leg but he is doing alright. I had a pair of Rosary Beads belonging to Samuel but they were last my kit bag as it was blown away with a shell. So you can say that were having it a bit lively. I am sorry that he died as he was a great favourite with his mates and very obliging. I think this is all I can say at present. I remain your friend. JB. Bye Bye.

From L/T Burns

C Company 10th Platoon

Sources:

From Home to Foreign Fields

Baker, M. (2009) Remembering: Our Shared Legacy from the First World War YES! Publications