F. Hammond letter 16 July 1918

16.7.18

BEF

Dear F & M

Just a line to let you know I am gogging along all merry and bright.  Glad to hear you had a good day out at Alderley.  The place where we are is just typical of the country round that dear old place.  Just like the Cheshire plain with Alderley Edge standing out prominently.  Only if one cares to walk up the edge here one can see for miles and at night it’s a most lovely spectacle to see the gun flashes and bursting shells as far as the eye can reach.  I see the Boche have started their grand offensive again but up to now as far as we can make out he has made a bad start and I hope before very long the offensive for him will have passed away for ever.  Then we shall soon have the German population up in arms at their dastardly failure.  It was certain very good of the fraternal to present you with so lovely a present let us hope we may all be together before very long and take a slice of Mar’s old cake from the silver dish.  Glad to hear Gladys has had her screw raised more chocolate for her I suppose.  Had a letter from Gladys Green a short time ago but haven’t answered it yet.  She’s looking forward to a trip to Mac before long.  Hope you girls have a good time together.  There is very little else to say at present.  Hope Mar’s cold is better ere this.  Could just do with some of Par’s new potatoes & cabbage suppose you’ll pickle some cab for the boys.  Suppose Jack has appeared again ere this.  He should be very near leave again by now.

Well cheerho old dears

Gussie

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Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 15 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

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BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Monday July 15th.  Very hot day.  Arranged to play tennis at 4.30 p.m. but heavy rain shower stopped tennis for day at 2.30 p.m.  Marked out new 3 holes on golf course with Vick & Farmer & put up a bunker guarding No 1 green.  With a load of sand & rolling course ought to improve.

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 13 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

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BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Saturday July 13th.  Played tennis with Pughe Evans 9.45 – 10.30., beat him one set 7-5.  Cool breeze today, more clouds about.  Listened to new German Feldwebel playing piano in the Library – he is a perfect artist at it & has given concerts since 1889.  Has played at Crystal Palace.

Played 4 sets tennis. Hatfield & self v Norton & Evans. 4/40 p.m. to 6/40 p.m. Bath just before dinner.

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 12 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

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BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Friday July 12th.  Very hot day, sat out all morning & afternoon.  Played golf with Farmer after tea & beat him 4 & 2.  Have planned 3 more holes & must get sanction from Comdt to make them.  This will give a 9 hole course & I think will improve it especially when grass is cut & course generally smartened up.  Walked in Park after dinner with Sipi.

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 11 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

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BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Thursday July 11th.  Played tennis 9.45 – 10.30 a.m.  2 parcels arrived one Red Cross, one Copenhagen biscuits for week ending June 15th.  2 letters, one from DD, one from Betty, all well.

Slight touch of lumbago after tennis, shall have to go easy. Very hot day.  Sat out in garden morning & afternoon.  Played golf after tea.

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen 10 July 1918

Private Diary of J.K. Dick Cunyngham Br Gen

PoW

BLANKENBURG 1/11 MARK bei BERLIN

Germany

 

Wednesday July 10th.  Letter & postcard from DD.  Parcel from Red Cross – food.  Shall only get 61 days pay as Br. Gen. & then revert to Regt Rk.  Must plan out accordingly – Had meeting of Room representatives & Secretaries various funds after Roll Call.  Every fund appears to be separate, with no estimate of expenses etc.  Hope to be able to get a general levy to include all games, library, gas etc & prevent as at present about 6 people collecting money at end of each month.

Very hot morning but slight rain in the afternoon. Played foursome golf after tea.  Self & Farmer beat Hatfield & Sipiagni 7 & 6.  Had some German Burgundy for dinner at 9.50 mks per bottle.  Special brand kept by Lt. Burgkman who says there isn’t a great stock of it.