1915: "It is now nearly a fortnight since I took off my boots" - shocking front line hardships....

Sussex Agricultural Express - Friday 10 September 1915

FLIES ILL-MANNERED CREATURES


Writing to Mrs C.H.Waugh from the Dardanelles, a Captain of the 2/10th Batt. Manchester, who was billeted in Cuckfield early in this year says: "I have not seen rain since I left England. The great pest here is the multitude of flies. A fly is the most ill mannered creature I know; its two chief qualities are curiosity and impudence!


To feel clean is one of the greatest pleasures of life. I have just had a wash and a shave – the first for five days. It is now nearly a fortnight since I took off my boots.


British army officers in a trench at “ANZAC Cove” during the Gallipoli Campaign of World War I.

I have had some miraculous escapes. Coming out of the trench I was knocked stone deaf (and daft) by a bomb, which exploded just above my head.


I am recovering and am now practically alright".


Please follow the link below for more details on the disastrous Gallipoli Campaign

https://www.iwm.org.uk/history/9-reasons-why-gallipoli-was-one-of-the-worst-fighting-fronts-of-the-first-world-war



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