Larkhill, January 12, 1917

Friday  Weather the same as yesterday had a good sleep in this morning am feeling good

Percy’s prediction that reveille was a thing of the past, and a wet and windy day was made for sleeping in. Meanwhile Gordon Brown’s brigade took its turn on the firing ranges:

“Our battery fired about 92 rounds altogether and didn’t do too bad. …I got plastered with mud and my feet were pretty wet, so that evening I bought a pair of long rubber rubber-boots-q48968-iwmboots. We are allowed to wear them on parade if we have them and most of the fellows now have them. They are just the thing for this kind of country and we will likely be able to take them to France with us. I feel pretty well but must try to keep my feet as warm and dry as possible. I can wear two pairs of sox with these rubber boots so that my feet are nice and warm in them.” (1)

(1) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, January 14, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

The photograph  © IWM (Q 48968) shows  Sergeant Bridges and his barekneed companion of the 2nd Battalion Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, Bois Grenier,  March-June 1915. They are both wearing rubber boots, but Sergeant Bridges seems to have leggings under his kilt.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”
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