Fred Hammond letter 30 Aug 1916

30th Aug 1916

Dear Mar & Pa

Just a line to say I am OK.  Received your letter the other day glad to hear you are taking a little holiday hope you don’t get Zepped don’t think there’s much chance of that if the weather keeps like it has this last 48 hours.  I am quite willing for Par to take that affair on for me if Gladys doesn’t need it all I think it’s a good thing.  You are welcome at any time to do what you think is a good thing.  As long as you don’t go in for clocks or pictures.  Am having a very decent time at present.

We possess an excellent band which gives us all the latest & classical music also a cinema show is run by our Divn and we have now added a concert troop entitled the Thistles among which are some fine throstles.  We are just getting everything to perfection but from what the papers say just lately with Roumania & perhaps greasy old Greece coming in there seems every indication of an early termination other words La Guerre finishing toute suite – Hope I am in time for the turkey if not a nice hot X bun wouldn’t be amiss.  There’s nothing else to report.  All merry & bright

So cheerho




Field Service Post Card FPO D.2. To E. Hammond, 9, Countess St. Stockport. I am quite well. Fred 6.9.16

Alf Smith postcard 30 Aug 1916




Field Post Office 13 30 AU 16

To T. Smith Esq., 24 Palmerston Rd. Bowes Park. London



I am quite well.

I have received your paper 20.8.16

Letter follows at first opportunity.


Signature only. A. Smith


Date Aug 28th 16




Order 30 Aug 1916

47th Inf Bde

59th Inf Bde

60th Inf Bde


G.873.                         3.


The defence of GUILLEMONT will be organised as follows AAA Brigadier 47th Brigade will be responsible for consolidation and defence of all village North of MOUNT STREET AAA When 60th Inf. Bde. relieves 47th Infantry Brigade front line 3 Coys. 7th Yorkshire L.I. will remain in GUILLEMONT to Garrison 47th Infantry Brigade portion aided by his one Coy, 11th Durham L.I. and 83rd Field Coy. R.E. AAA 6th Connaught Rangers and 7th Leinster Regt. when relieved will garrison GRIDIRON AAA 6th R. Irish and 8th Munsters when relieved will be withdrawn to vicinity of 47th Infantry Brigade H.Qrs, AAA Brig, 59th Brigade will be responsible for consolidation and defence of MOUNT STREET and all GUILLEMONT South of it AAA For this purpose he will use his command AAA C.R.E. will assist if he can be found in GUILLEMONT AAA 47th Infantry Bde, may know where he is AAA Details of arrangements made should be reported as early as possible AAA Acknowledge AAA


(sd) R.H. JAMES, Lt. Col

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