Sunday November 12, 1916
“I have just got back from church service and have just about time to write a letter. It is a grand morning, nice and warm but it is rather muddy outside so I don’t think I will go away very far from camp today.” (1)
Sunday is a day for letter-writing — our soldier, John Alexander McArthur, is writing from Witley to his sweetheart at home using his special pen for the purpose:
“Say did you ever see my fountain pen. All the boys are continually making fun of it. It holds nearly a whole bottle of ink. The reason I got it was that I knew I would write quite long letters to you and I didn’t want to have to stop to fill it before I got thru.” (2)
The weather was a common topic, especially when the rain stops:
“It hasn’t rained anything to speak of for the last few days, and it has been real warm. There hasn’t been any frost yet, nor any snow, it hailed a little one day. It has rained almost every day since we landed in England. The nights are great here now it is almost full moon and the air is quite warm. We don’t know what to do with our selves to pass the evenings away. We have quite a lot of books in the hut to read, but it is too nice out side to sit and read all evening.” (3)
(1) MacArthur, John Alexander. Letter to Hazel Challoner. November 12, 1916. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
(2) MacArthur, John Alexander. Letter to Hazel Challoner. November 2, 1916. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
(3) Bennett, James Howard. Letter to Jen. November 12, 1916. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
The photograph is from Percy’s small album; its caption reads “Old familiar scene, Witley.”