Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 29 Apr 1915

Dick-Cunyngham letter to wife dated 29 Apr 1915
Thursday 29th
My own darling one,

Two dear long letters from you yesterday dated 25th, yes one has been busy but although the actual fighting has not been near us, we have come in for a good measure of bombardment of the Salient. No the little farm house has not been hit yet, nearest within about 6 yards, but bits often come back and hit the roof.

One is getting a little tired of incessant banging all day long and it seems such a sin, on such perfect days, to be sitting in trenches ‘potting’ at one another & shelling every corner where anyone may be all day and night.

At last I was able to get out last night & went with Th on a tour of inspection and I am glad to say since our last visit there has been some very good work done so now I hope we shall carry on at a greater pace, things have been slow, for we have all our reserves out digging on other lines.

One longs to be in a peaceful clime these lovely days – a nice country walk with my darlings & Fritz (how is he) just perfect peace and happiness.

Darling One I think it would be quite a good idea for you all 3 to join hands in a house. Somehow Wimbledon reminds me of the Clark family and I can never imagine you there. I think I shall have to come home and help you chose. I am glad you are going to remain with Edie & I really think Gertie would love to join you both – What a nice establishment it would be. I should appoint you financial advisor, and treasurer.

Well, day’s work must be arranged. So no more will try & write to Charlie but tell him I think it is perfectly sweet of him to have given us those things from the Old House.

My eyes are practically all right again only a little bit red – Darling only want a tin of Colegate’s Violet Talc powder, so nice after a bath in a greasy wooden tub!

Much quieter today scarcely a gun firing at the present moment.

All my love my precious one,
Ever yr devoted Hubby

With black edged envelope addressed to Mrs J. Dick Cunyngham, Heslington, Croft Road. Crowborough, England. Signed Dick Cunyngham. Passed by Censor No 73 cachet. Postmarked FIELD POST OFFICE 15 dated 29 AP 15. Marked On Active Service.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 15 April 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 15 April 1915

  1. ‘D’ Co

9th Middx




15 April 1915


Dear M & F,


Your letter of March 18th received.  Glad to hear Dad has been a bit busy but I suppose it won’t last long.  Hope his feet are better.


I had a letter from Bert this week; he must be having a jolly rough time. He doesn’t seem to think the war will be over just yet, not before next Christmas, he says.  I suppose they discuss it every other day in the trenches the same as we do here.  I think I’ve told you before that I’ve got a rupee (1s/4d) bet on with another fellow that it’s over by Oct 31st.  I hope I shall win it.


Well we are going to Darjeeling at last, 19 of us from this Co. We leave here to-morrow, Wed 14. (I’m writing this Tues 13th).  It will be a change for us.  We’ve got to put on warm clothing! & take 2 extra blankets.  The temperature up there is about 45o whereas it was over 100o here yesterday.  So I expect we shall feel pretty cold the first few days.


I’m sending some photographs by this mail. They are only groups taken at Dinapore & as I don’t want to cart them up to Darjeeling I’m sending them home.  I would have sent them long ago only I’ve been going to have some done of myself alone but have not done so yet.  I was going to send them all to-gether.  I will tell you what the groups are next week & whether there’s anybody else you know in them.  They are at the bottom of my box at present.


Hope you are all well.

Yr loving son



Thank May for her letter of 18 Mar. Will answer it next week.


They are ¼d stamps on the envelope.  P.C.s go for ¼d out here, letters ½d (Inland)




Just turned out photographs. They are not up to much, not worth sending in fact but as I’ve paid for them I might as well send them.  The big one & the P.C.s is No 1 Section, (my section) & the other is just an odd group.  I enclose the P.C.s.  C.A.S. is in both of them.  The chap sitting on the form on the extreme left of the Section photo was the one that was billeted with me in Sittingbourne.  G.W.R.

George Ryan’s letter home dated 8 Apr 1915

George Ryan’s letter home dated 8 Apr 1915




8 April 1915


Dear M & F,


Your letter of March 12th received.  I sent my insurance card to the Society about the 2nd or 3rd week we were here so they must have got it soon after sending that notice.


I have not come across any place where I could get a parrot; but you need not reckon on me bringing one of those things home. I don’t suppose we could if we wanted too.  We shall have quite enough to manage as it is.  As our Colour Sergt says this is not a tea-party, we are out here as soldiers.


We are at Ishapore again this week on guard. There’s no upper floor to the guard-room so we find it very hot.  It is a job to get any sleep at night time.  We generally have a couple of hours sleep in the afternoon, that is if we are not on duty.  It’s too hot to do anything else.  It’s very nice this morning as I write this, on the bank of the river Hooghly; the one place where it’s a bit cool here.  There’s a nice breeze blowing.


I went to Calcutta again last Sat.  It’s a treat to see a little of town life now & again.  We had a ride round in a 1st class garrey as far as St Paul’s Cathedral.  We had a look in there; it’s a fine building but very small for a Cathedral.  We came across an English watch maker so I’ve left my watch with him to be mended.  It’s going to cost me 5 or 6 “chips” (7/- or 8/-).


I think we shall go to Darjeeling next week I hope so at any rate.


I had some more papers from Holt this week.


Hoping you are all well.

Your affec son


Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne April 15

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne April 15



Dear Sir,                                                                                                          April 15


As I am of opinion that you will interest yourself on my behalf, I am asking if you could kindly send a Lady worker in the district to pay a visit to my wife or call yourself, as I have just received a letter from home, which does not leave one feeling very comfortable, and I am sure it is a letter one does not wish to receive in times, such as are at the present. I have a little boy who had rickets but my wife does not tell me anything as regards how he is going on, and I am very anxious to know, so if you could write a letter to me on behalf of my wife, I shall esteem it a great favour as my time out here is none too pleasant & my wife fails to give me any news that would be of interest to me.  There is no doubt that this will cause her to be offended but I feel I am compelled to do it owing to the uneasy state of my mind.  I received your card at the beginning of the year and I think I acknowledged it.  I am enclosing her letter for you to see, and when she gets to know what I have done no doubt I shall receive fewer letters still.  My present address is 34th M.A.C. Salonica Forces No. 203809 late 91st A.A.  I will now close thanking you in anticipation, Believe me to be

Yours very truly


Pte F. Bowman


Home address, 14 Castle Way.

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne April 1915

War Diary of AA Laporte Payne


Extracted from


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






April 20 1915


R.A. Mess



“There is plenty to do here, and we are kept hard at it. We wear canvas clothes and are treated as ordinary tommies.  We rise at 6.45 a.m.  Breakfast at 7.45 a.m.  Parades from 8.30 to noon or rather 12.30,p.m., then again from 1.30 to 5.30 p.m.  Then tea and lectures till dinner time.  Dinner takes an hour and a quarter.  They turn out about 200 officers a month here.  The detachment I am in consists of 24 subalterns under Captain Nelson V.C.  He was a sergeant in “L” Battery R.H.A. and is now a Captain and our instructor.  we are drilled by a regular sergeant one named Ford.


Eight of us live in one of the staff houses, and are quite comfortable. Two of us have a large room to ourselves.  I share with a man named Cousens.  Our camp kit is our furniture.  Dexter & Gould are both here.  The course lasts four weeks.


Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Apr 1915

Alfred George Richardson’s Diary Apr 1915


1915 diary shows Bombardier Gunner (Signalling Dept) A. G. Richardson 4th Section, West Riding Divisional Ammunition Column R.F.A., Norfolk Barracks Sheffield.

Home Address:- Station House, Ben Rhydding near Leeds. Yorks.



Thursday 1st April 1915:         Rose at 8 am.  Went a bike ride in morning via Ilkley, Askwith, Otley & Burly.  Played & beat Dad at golf.  Also played Miss M. Whitaker & Miss A. Baines.  In Ilkley at night.

Friday 2nd April 1915:             Good Friday.  Dad & I v Mr Watkin & Mr Petty at golf.  We won 12 holes, halved 5 & lost 1.  Afternoon wet & went to see Mrs Hartley.  Crucifixion at night at Ben R. Church.  Excellent.

Saturday 3rd April 1915:         Left Ben R 6.45  Sheffield arr 8.56.  Saw Doctor.  Vaccinated.  Fainted!!  Stables 4 pm.  Stable Picket 6 pm.  Writing letters at night.

Sheffield & Blackheath

Sunday 4th April 1915:            Easter Sunday. Stables.  Relieved to go to Church & Communion 10.45 am.  Stables afternoon till 7 pm.

Monday 5th April 1915:          Stables relieving Geo Sheard.  Field Day at Totley.  29 Horses stampede.  7 men injured.  Terrible accident.

Tuesday 6th April 1915:          Firing at 100 yards .303 Totley Range.  Scored 18 out of 20.  out at night.  Raining hard all day.

Wednesday 7th April 1915:     Firing at 200 & 300 yards Totley Range.  Rapid, Sniping & Deliberate.  Gate Picquet at night.

Thursday 8th April 1915:         Gate Picquet all day.  Out at night.  Raining.  Packed up for moving.

Friday 9th April 1915:             Left Sheffield 9.21 am.  Arrived King’s X 3 pm       & Blackheath 4 pm.  Went to billets – in a mansion – Fine.  On Stable Picket at night.

Saturday 10th April 1915:       Stable Picquet all day.  Went to Greenwich, London Bridge & Cannon Street at night.  Searchlights on Thames were fine.  Appointed N.C.O. in charge of Forage with Potts as my right hand man.

Blackheath Southampton Le Havre.

Sunday 11th April 1915:          Went for my 1st ride on horseback with Bdr.             Wilkinson.  Signalling on Blackheath Common.  Out with Geof            Stead at night at Tower Bridge, Tower, Fleet Str., Strand, Trafalgar Square, Westminster.  Bus & Tube.

Monday 12th April 1915:        In charge of Forage.  Potts & I obtain it from A.S.C.  50 miles.

Tuesday 13th April 1915:        Forage gathering.  On Guard at 6 pm.  Extremely cold.  25 miles.

Wednesday 14th April 1915:   On Guard all day.  Packing up at night.  46 miles arrive.

Thursday 15th April 1915:       Getting forage for 114 mules & 5 horses.  Very busy indeed.  Out with A.S.C wagon.  Everything ready for moving off.  Packed at 8 pm 9 pm & 12 midnight.  All ready.  Order to “Stand By”.  Drew up in order at 12.

Friday 16th April 1915:           Set off 2 am from Blackheath & went by rail to Woolwich Arsenal.  Left Woolwich 6.50 am. arrived Southampton 11 am.  left S. at 6.20 pm on H.M.S. “A***”.  Lights out & all below deck at 8 pm.  Safe & calm crossing.

Saturday 17th April 1915:       Arrived Le Havre 3 am.  Disembarked 9 am.  All day spent in unloading & getting everything ready for entraining.  Drew 3 days train rations for 120 mules & 80 men.  Stable Picket at night.

Le Havre – Merville – Haverskerque.

Sunday 18th April 1915:          Left Le Havre at 3 pm.  Beautiful travelling in France.  Scenery extra.   6 of us in forage wagon.  Ripping.  Arrived Rouen 11 pm.  Went to “Kip” at 12 pm.

Monday 19th April 1915:        Arrived Abbeville 5 am.  Train via Boulogne, Calais & St. Omer to Hazebrouck.  Crossed Yser Canal.  2 Bridges blown up.  Trenches everywhere.  Arrived Berguette 12.5 pm.  Went to Camp 5 miles away.

Tuesday 20th April 1915:        On Guard during night.  Terrific cannonading at the front.  We are only 8 miles from Neuve Chapelle.  Forage all day.  Beautiful weather.  Met, very luckily, my brother Arnold & Wilf Dawson at night at St. Vanon.  Very pleasant evening spent together.  Letter from home.  Saw 4 W.R. R.F.A.

Wednesday 21st April 1915:   Haverskerque.  Went with A.S.C. for forage.  Beautiful weather.  Hard work getting wagons out of park.  “Fall in the Gunners”.  Got Paid 5 f.  Saw Arnold.

Thursday 22nd April 1915:      Went for forage with A.S.C.  Great trouble getting wagons away.  Mules stubborn.  ”Fall in the Gunners”.  Saw Arnold.

Friday 23rd April 1915:           Foraging  with A.S.C.  Attending to forage etc all day.  On Guard at night.  Very cold indeed.

Saturday 24th April 1915:       Left Haverskerque at 9 am & travelled by road via Merville (In Ruins) to Estaires where we arrived 4 pm.  5 miles from Neuve Chapel.  Heavy firing going.  Whole of the line lit up with searchlights, star shells etc.  Very fascinating.  Weather: – Extremely hot during day & cold at night.


Sunday 25th April 1915:          Reveille 4.30 am.  Left Estaires 7 am via Merville & Locon & arrived Gonnehem 6 pm.  Tired out.  On Guard!  Saw 4th R.F.A. pass en route & Arnold etc.

Monday 26th April 1915:        Reveille 6 am.  Went with A.S.C. for forage in morning. Afternoon filling nose bags.              Gonnehem.  Paid 10 f.

Tuesday 27th April 1915:        Went to A.S.C. for forage.  Afternoon spent lying down basking in the Sun.  Went down to Gonnehem at night.

Wednesday 28th April 1915:   Went to A.S.C. for forage.  Afternoon went to Chocques for exchange of 6 Oats for 8 Bran.  Out in village at night.

Thursday 29th April 1915:       Went to A.S.C. for forage in morning.  In the afternoon went to Chocques to change Oats for Bran.  Place shut up at night, had a good bust up.

Friday 30th April 1915:           Went to A.S.C. for forage in morning.  In the afternoon, went to Chocques to change 10 Oats for 14 Bran.  Evening spent in cleaning parade ground.  17 f Paid.

F Hammond letter 30 Apr 15

30th April


Easter 1915


Dear M & P

Just a few more things I don’t think I shall need.  We expect to leave here for Winchester.  We are all mobilised and were inspected today.  Our Section are the Telegraphists for the 28th Brigade which consists of 10th Highland Light Inf, 11th HLI, 9th Scottish Rifles and 6th Kings Own Scottish Borderers.  Allcock and myself are at Headqrs with the General.  So we should be OK.

Do not know if we shall have any leave before going away.

Will drop you a line when we move.  Hope Gladys is better and did well in her exam.  What is George doing now?  Well I want to catch this post so bye bye for present