Letter re 20th Div Memorial 20 March 1927





March 20th 1927

My Dear General,

Thank you for your letter also for cheque 12/6 – you have now paid up everything.


I think you will find General Caliatoy will appear from “November” at exactly 12 o’clock.  That is what the French General did at Guillemont.


I am sending you a proof of the “Form of Service”.   This has been drawn up in consultation with Barry (who is at present correcting the proof, the enclosed being a duplicate.)  I am afraid there will be no time to get any amendments from you so I hope you find it as you would wish.


We are sending “Formal Invitations” to the War Office – I.W.G.C. – Belgian attaché & any others we can think of and I am sending some dozen to the Ypres League representative to distribute to the correct local magnates.


The unveiling is at 12. We return to Ypres and all have a Luncheon together at 1.30.  I have arranged for 20 additional places for guests – The Belgian General and any of the local people who ought to be asked & whom you will ask no doubt on the spot.


I have arranged for 13 waiters that is one for each Regiment or Corps in the Division to be at Ypres and each have cards giving the various Battns of each tied with regimental colours. These will be laid at the memorial after the Service.  I am also taking out a flag to hang over the Tablet which you will remove when you “unveil”.


I will not be travelling with the party but am joining it at Ypres (having been sent off to Spain again at a moments notice).  The History will be posted to your Farnham address.


I think this is all. I am writing rather fully because I won’t be seeing you in England – Story is dealing with any emergencies from now on, his address being

Lt Col P.F. Story

26 Belsize Grove Hampstead N.W. 3.

Telephone Primrose 4676.


I think we should have a good show. 62 with the Party & some 3 or 4 others joining at Ypres.


Yours sincerely

Alan Brace.


George Ryan’s letter home dated 18 Mar 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 18 Mar 1915

9th Middlesex




18 Mar 1915


Dear M & F,


I’ve received your letters of Feb 12 & 19. I received quite a batch of letters with your first one last Saturday.  One from Charlie Soper at Malta, one from the office, one from the landlady at Sittingbourne & one from Cousin William at Holt.  I’ve also received a few papers from Holt.  I don’t remember seeing “Cousin William” unless it was that he came over from Uncle Tom’s some time ago.  I suppose nobody else is likely to write from there; perhaps you had better let me know who’s who in case.


We’ve practically finished our firing now. We expect to go to Darjeeling some time next week, so I am going to Calcutta this afternoon if I can get a pass, as we might not have the chance again for a little time.


Well I suppose we are out here till October now, as there’s no signs of moving, in spite of the rumours.


The 2nd partner at the office has got a commission in the Navy & the Governor’s son has joined the Army so there’s only the Gov, & Mr Walker left.


I’m surprised at the cost of the W.D. League’s uniforms, they must be very swanky things. They only ought to cost half that amount, 20/- at the most, from any army contractor, in large quantities.


Hoping you are all well,

Love to all,



Dear Ma,

Thanks very much for the tales about my naughty sisters. Lets have some more.  I’m surprised at May, I thought she knew better.  She hasn’t got me to look after her.



Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 15 March 1915 on black edged notepaper.

Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 15 March 1915 on black edged notepaper.


March 15th.

My own darling one,


You do write such darling letters. I love the story that Freddie has got, bar settling down to work that night at St. Quentin and doing a bit of Staff work for F.W.  I didn’t know I had done anything more than anyone else – I shall be amused to hear your description of Seely, I wonder if you will remember that I got him to take Pancake Allan away in his motor-car from Bavai.  There has been some heavy fighting North of us – went on all last night, incessant firing & rifle fire heavier at 3 a.m. when I got up & telephoned down to the trenches.  But I’ve really had 2 good night’s rest lately – and rather less to do by day – we are going off on our tour in 40 minutes time.  Hope it will be quieter than last time when we had to take to ‘dug-outs’.


They are building us a Hutment Bde Hd Qrs later on, so we shan’t have these daily moves – today just as we had finished lunch a shell went over the house and landed beside the road about 100 yrds down – the vet officer who hates shells was just leaving the house at the time & came running back for the cellar – they put 9 in altogether & 3 failed to explode. One hit the church & knocked the S chancel to pieces, Geoff and I had a look at it just now.  The priest and some nuns were trying to save some coloured figures – it is sad to see churches knocked about & this one has some rather nice oak panelling & pictures.  I wonder they don’t remove everything.


How killing about Neil – what is he doing at Camberley – such a place to settle in for the poor boy unless he is with Godfrey’s relations. Must write to Godfrey some time – really disgraceful I’ve never written him a line.


I enclose a bill which please pay if you have enough & when I tell you cap has arrived and is satisfactory.


Never heard anything about Dickie & Eva going to Warminster – and a house – how exciting – shall I come home & help train the new Army! Daniell in Seaforth’s has gone.


My chilblains are now small blue & black bruises the size of a shilling and are very tender in the mornings – or whenever I put on or take off my boots. Find my old field boots the most comfortable by day but must try and wear the Norwegians for the mud tonight – my feet are warmer now so I may get into them easier.


Woke up deaf in left ear this morning so uncomfy, still deaf now – perhaps ride will shake it up.


There isn’t any news much – more activity all round coming with the spring, new moon tonight, one looks forward to moonlight nights as then we can walk round in comfort, it’s no fun on a pitch black night- shall be home for dinner about 10 p.m. tonight I expect, anyhow there ought not to be any more work & I have written my usual letter.


I am so glad you enjoyed your little jaunt in Town, you richly deserved it – will you now think about joining a Lady’s Club in Town, I feel you would have somewhere go to when you go up where you could be comfy – I never did like you rushing about, lunching at Stewart’s etc & having no rest. Think of it, darling will you – must go and change for trenches – old coat etc.


All my love my precious one & god keep you both safe & give you the strength to bear all your anxieties.


Ever your own loving Hubby



With black edged envelope addressed to Mrs Dick Cunyngham, Heslington, Croft Rd. Crowborough, England.  Passed by Censor No 1354.  Signed Dick Cunyngham.  Postmarked FIELD POST OFFICE 14 dated 16 MR 15

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 14 March 1918

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne 14 March 1918




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




March 14th 1919

I have just returned from Paris after an enjoyable visit with Prior.  We went out to Saint Cloud.


Report of Drifters off Syra 14 March 1919

Report of Drifters off Syra 14 March 1919


Lieut. R.H. Palmer R.N.V.R.

D “Northesk” II 2022


March 14 1919

Captain K.

H.M.S. “Pyramus”





I have the honour to report that the letter given to me to deliver to Lieut Berkeley of H.M.T. “Eva Wales” has been undelivered owing to “Eva Wales” having sailed before my arrival.


On arrival at Syra at 1300 today I reported to S.N.O. and also informed him I had this letter to deliver.


I was told that Eva Wales had left Syra with the other Trawlers on the previous day & as there is no ferry between Syra & Malta I am returning the letter to you.


We arrived at Syra without incident although the speed maintained only averaged 7 Knots; this was due to three factors: –

The dirtiness of the bottoms of Northesk & Prime, the heavy load of stores in the holds of Hopeful & Comely and that we had very heavy weather from DORO to Syra.

I have the honour to be Sir


Message 14 March 1917

“A” Form



To        Camp Comdt.


Senders Number                     Day of Month             In reply to Number     AAA

IG 632                                                 14


Fifth Army reports they have consolidated brickfields at N.2.A.5.5. AAA Trench H.31.B.0.3. to H.32.D.2.7. occupied by us AAA Line West of G.23.C.3.0. now runs West to G.22.C.8.1. North to G.22.A.5.3., G.22.A.0.7., G.21. Central Railways in G.20. central AAA Post established at F.26.D.3015. AAA ends.




Time: 11/40 am

(Sd) K.M. Leader Lieut G.S.

Signature of Addressee


14 March 1917



Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 11 March 1919

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 11 March 1919


Oval stamp of 707th M.T. Company

No 4151. Date 11.3.19.

Army Service Corps.

Rev Laporte Payne,

Christ’s Church,

  1. Finchley,

London W.




M2/203809 Pte Bowman F.W.


The above mentioned man, whom I understand is known to you, and who is presently serving in the unit under my command, has made application to me for compassionate leave in order that he may be able to proceed to the United Kingdom for the purpose of putting his home affairs in order.


From the documentary evidence which he has produced, it would appear that the relations existing between he and his wife are rather unsatisfactory at present. There does not appear, however, to be any neglect on the part of his wife, so far as the children are concerned, and, in the absence of definite proof, of such neglect, there is little hope of his application for leave being granted at present.


If it is not encroaching on more important business, I shall be obliged if you will kindly make enquiries and let me know as early as possible what exactly is the position of affairs and in what state the home is being kept.


Pte Bowman’s home address is 14 Castle Way, N. Finchley W.


I have the honour to be,


Your obedient Servant,

Signature unreadable Major R.A.S.C.


In the Field,                                                                O.C. 707 M.T. Coy., R.A.S.C.