Witley, February 3, 1917

Sunday     Weather still cold skating is good

Percy’s opinion is seconded by John Alexander MacArthur of the 134th Battalion: “This is a grand afternoon and the sun has been shining brightly all day. There is good skating around here but skates are scarce. We play hockey a little and have lots of fun sliding on the ice.” (1)

The closest ponds were those on Witley Common, to the west of the camp. The map shows Hammer Pond: to the north lies Silkmill Pond, then the Forked Pond. Below the right fork of the Forked Pond, obscured under the name “Warren Mere”is Home Pond. (Warren Mere is a sixteenth-century estate remodelled at the end of the nineteenth century by Sir Edward Lutyens, later one of the three principal architects employed by the Imperial War Graves Commission.) The pond closest to the Portsmouth Road (the A3) is New Pond.witley-1920s

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

The map is from the National Library of Scotland collection, accessed at Surrey in the Great War.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”
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