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Letters and postcards sent home, 1915-18
(Catalogue ref: RAIL 253/516)

Source 4a

NOTHING is to be written on this side except the date and signature of the sender. Sentences not required may be erased. If anything else is added the postcard will be destroyed.

[Postage must be prepaid on any letter or post card addressed to the sender of this card.]

I am quite well.

I have been admitted into hospital
    { sick } and am going on well
    { wounded } and hope to be discharged soon.

I am being sent down to the base.

I have received your

{ letter dated 1/1/18
{ telegram ,,
{ parcel ,,

Letter follows at first opportunity

I have received no letter from you
    { lately
    { for a long time

Signature}
only}

[signed W Wiggs]

Date    8/1/18

Source 4b

Xmas
Greetings
and Best Wishes
for the New Year
From Pte J. Schneider.

Source 4c

Kriegslazaret,
Munizipal,
Courtrai.

19th.November.1915.

My Dear Mother,

I was awfully glad to get your letter last Friday, it only took eleven days to get here, you must have been worried all that time not having heard from me; "wounded & missing" is such a beastly unsatisfactory verdict. You didn't say how you both were, but I hope you are all right.

I got up for the first time last Monday and get along pretty well now on my crutches, the only thing the matter with my leg now is stiffness, the muscles above the knee are quite hard but are getting slowly better. The day after I wrote my last letter I had some more weight put on, so there was a 50lb weight on my foot and another 30lb slung over the top of the bed to pull the top part of my leg into place. I had them on for about 10 days; it wasn't very comfortable but, the result was worth it as my right leg is now very little shorter than the left, so little in fact that I don't think I shall ever notice it.

I am awfully glad to hear that Hay and Turner are all right, they are both jolly nice fellows: do you know if Lieut. Robertson (attached from Scottish Rifles) was wounded?

I haven't had the parcel yet but they take longer than letters.

I cannot think of anything more to say except write much and often

Very best love to you both
Your loving son
Charlie. (Mayo)

Please remember me to all friends and give my love to relations next time you write.

I hope there is some tobacco in the parcel, the Belgian stuff is filthy, it smells like tobacco and that is all.

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