Alf Smith postcard 15 Feb 1917

Postcard to T. Smith Esq., 24, Palmerston Rd., Bowes Park, London N. Postmarked Felixstowe 8.30 PM 15 FE 17

Feb 15th 17


Dear Father


Just to let you know we are still at Felixstowe. I do not think we shall leave this week now.

Will write again soon.

Au revoir.






WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 15 February 1917

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 15 February 1917


Extracted from


Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda



to day. I shall have to spend my afternoon visiting batteries, and the trenches.


R.P. February 15 1917.

We have been busy here lately as no doubt you have seen from the papers. The Boche has been making a noise, and we have not let them have it all their own way.  The work is interesting as we hear all that is going on round about us.


My servant has gone to hospital with blood poisoning, so I shall not see him for some time if ever.


The spring will mean another push, but I hope it will not prove as costly as the last. The papers seem to be expecting something, and no doubt the Boche knows all about it if anything has been decided upon by the Higher Command.  Anyway we are looking forward to it, buoyed up by the hope that it will be successful at last.  I must try and get my leave before it comes along.


It is a fine day here today. I was up in the trenches yesterday, and hope to be up there again tomorrow.


I am dining out tonight at another Brigade Headquarters not a great distance away. It is extraordinary the number of men you get to know from all over the world, especially when not always occupied in the line.


Really interesting news I am not allowed to relate, and there is nothing else to write about.