George Ryan’s letter home dated 10 Sep 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 10 Sep 1915

On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
10 Sept 1915

Dear M & F,

Thanks very much for your letter of Aug 19. I also received a note from Cousin Ellen in an envelope addressed by you.

I suppose Peg will have gone home by the time you receive this so next time you write there thank her for her letter, for me. I hope Horace is alright again now.

Well it seems pretty certain we are going to shift somewhere very shortly. This week’s rumour is that we are going across the other side of India somewhere near Bombay. We’ve given in our old Khaki serge & we are going to draw some new stuff to-morrow. Serge is never worn down on the plains so we might be going to a hill station. We shall not move for another month yet I don’t think as I overheard the Captain say he didn’t want to move for another 5 or 6 weeks as if we went before that it would mean leaving too many men behind in hospital.

Very few chaps stamp their letters home, they just write “On Active Service” so I’m going to start the same dodge. It’s only a penny a week, still I might as well have it as this awful Post Office out here. If you do have to pay anything of course let me know, but I don’t think you will.

Hope you are all well.
Yr loving son


George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Sep 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Sep 1915

On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
3 Sept 1915

Dear May,

Many thanks for your nice long letter of 12 Aug. Wherever did you find the time to write it?

So the girls behind the counter have not been quite a success; I thought they would not be.

I’m sorry to say I never got that parcel of cigarettes. I don’t suppose they will turn up now. Parcels of cigarettes or Tobacco very often do go astray. It’s a good idea to label the parcel as something else “shirts” or “papers” or something like that. As I’ve said before it’s a rag-time Post Office out here.

What wonderful eye-sight you & Bert must have to be able to see the Crystal Palace from Dollis Hill. Why you can’t see far across London let alone some few miles the other side of it. You might have seen the Alexandra Palace. That’s the one you mean I expect. I suggested to Bert in my letter this week it might have been the Bus Garage that you saw; that’s got a glass roof, you know.

We have to parade nearly every morning now for a dose of Quinine, as this is considered rather a dangerous month out here. They used to have it 3 times a week before we came but they knocked it off during July & Aug.

Edie can send me her Shorthand Weekly now & again – say once a month – & I’ll see if I can do a bit now & again. It’s too hot to do much study out here. Reading or playing cards are as much as we feel up to, as a rule.

Well there’s very little news again this week. A lot of chaps still believe the rumours that we shall leave for home next month but I think they will be disappointed. I think if we leave in Oct or Nov next year we shall be lucky as the war looks like running well into next year.

Heaps of love & kisses from
Yr loving brother

George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Sept 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Sept 1915

On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
3 Sept 1915

Dear M & F,

Received two letters from you this week dated Aug 5 & 13 & am glad you have now found out your mistake about the Post.

You must have had some rain down the road to get flooded. It hasn’t been so bad here lately but we’ve had a fair amount. I expect we’ve got the worst to come.

Very pleased to hear you got the parcel safely. Sorry to say your parcel of cigarettes has not got here yet. I’ve given it up now.

Glad you had a fine week-end at Westley.

We are being dosed with Quinine here now. We have it every day except Thurs & Sun.

Those responsible must see now what a mistake they made in sending us out here without first having a proper Medical Inspection as there is more sickness in our Battn than in any other. About 60% of our chaps have been sick & the next highest percentage is under 30%. They are trying to find the cause of it. I think the food has a lot to do with it. Several fellows in our Co alone are unfit for service. X

Well there’s no news again this week; we are still jogging along doing parades & guards. I’m still keeping fit & well. Hope you are all the same. Love to all, also to Peg if she is still with you.
Yr loving son
X Weak hearts, rupture & bad eye-sight.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 20 Aug 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 20 Aug 1915

On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
1945 “D” Co.
9th Middlesex
20 Aug 1915

Dear M & F,

Thanks for your letter of July 22nd. You say the letter post does not leave London till Friday. I think you are mistaken as I received your letter a week late again this week. By what I can make out you should still post Thurs evening.

Sorry to hear Edie has had to have her front teeth out. Mine have not got much worse so I have not had them seen to. (The stopping came out of one, eating those Dog Biscuits on the boat.)

I’m having a little rest from Guards as I’m on Police Duty, taking the place of a Policeman detained in Hospital. I don’t suppose it will be for long as he is only in there with skin disease. I’m on duty from 4.30 to 9.30 in the evening then 5.45 to 10.0 next morning. After that I don’t go on till 4.30 pm the following day. We don’t have so far to go as we did up at Jalapahar, just round the barracks & down the Bazaar. It makes a change, as Parades are getting so monotonous & of course it’s quite nice to have a few days rest from Guards, so I shan’t mind if I’m kept on for a week or so.

Went to the “Empire” in Calcutta last Sat & saw Horace Goldin give “The Tiger God”. I expect Dad has seen him in London. It was very good; quite the best programme we’ve seen out here. We went back to Cossipore by taxi as it was too late for a tram & a “garrey” would have taken too long besides costing almost as much. It was just like an open Touring car, not like the boxed up vehicles you’ve got in London. We did go at a rate, it only took just over 20 min.

I heard from Bert this week.
Love to all,
Yr loving son

Notes from Field Pocket Book. W.C. Green 13 Aug 1915.

Notes from Field Pocket Book. W.C. Green 13 Aug 1915.

Statement in regard to distinguished conduct during operations 9/10th August 1915.

6079 Duckett Pte S. Continually carrying messages under heavy gun fire until severely wounded.

16894 Law Pte W. Rendering valuable assistance as messenger and showing exceptionally intelligent knowledge of his surroundings.

10091 Slack Pte T. ] In addition to good work as bomb throwers they
10006 Throp Pte H. ] rendered assistance to wounded and succeeded in getting them to the dressing station in the day time.

X 8133 Lee Pte E. After majority of Coy messengers had been wounded he volunteered to carry on and succeeded in carrying message to Battalion Hd. Qrs. He also helped to carry wounded to Dressing Station in day light.

9622 Lacey Sergt. E. ] After losing their platoon officer took charge of their
4394 Halliwell Sergt C.H.] platoons in a most capable manner.
6914 Mitchell Sergt M. ]

8315 Siddle Pte. T. ] Attending to the wounded under heavy shell fire during
7721 Price Pte. John (D Coy)] the four days in the trenches.

8343 Nichol Cpl G. Mr Huntriss has strongly recommended him for organising digging parties in the communication trench (Fleet Street)

Bomb Throwers
I am leaving the report on these men to Mr. Huntriss as they all did so well that it is difficult to mention any particular names. They succeeded in driving the enemy out of a strong point in Fleet Street and also in putting a machine gun out of action.

The following deserve special mention:-
6585 Cross Corpl S. (Killed)
8024 Nolan Corpl J.M.
9174 King Pte J. (wounded)
6779 Kelly Pte P.
10242 Galloway Pte. T.
6850 Leeson Pte. J.

Capt M. Brown
O.C. A Coy
13th Aug 1915
Nichol George has the number 8342 in the medal roll of E. Yorks R. Only apparent awards 2 MiDs to Slack & Nolan LG 1/1/16 p 37.