Witley, February 5, 1917

Monday   This is supposed to be the longest spell of cold weather for Eng for the past 20 years Am in the Pink

And they supposed correctly. February’s weather, in brief, was characterized as follows: weather-february-1917

sliding-on-hampstead-heath-1917 One of the weather observers for the Meterological Office reported that the ice was ten inches thick on the ponds at Hampstead Heath, but it only takes a slick of ice for men and boys to enjoy sliding. No skates required.

The reference in the headline to dullness refers to a general lack of sunshine, rather than to the monotony of life as experienced at Witley Camp.

The photograph (©HampsteadHeathNet) shows soldiers and boys sliding on the Heath walks in 1917.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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