Witley, January 31, 1917

Wednesday         The same as Mon & Tues if it keeps on skating will be good shortly Am in the Best

By all reports life was wearisome as the gunners learned to work with their new brothers-in-arms after the reorganization. Even the weather was boringly consistent: cold. Very cold. Unusually cold.  Water pipes froze in some of the huts. (1)

The infantry were equally dispirited. “We are still drilling away around these old barracks and it isn’t any fun at all. It is getting more monotonous every day and it will be a great relief to get our exit orders for France.” (2)

Skating promised to be a pleasant change.

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This photograph of a canteen at Witley Camp comes from Library and Archives Canada.

(1) MacArthur, John Alexander. Letter to his sweetheart Hazel.February 3, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.
(2) MacArthur, John Alexander. Letter to  Hazel.January 28, 1917, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

 

 

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