Witley, April 2, 1917

Monday    3″ of snow again this am tonight its hailing like fury. This afternoon was fairly warm but became colder  Am in the Best

42 Coming back from a bivouac crop
Maybe quarantine isn’t so bad after all. Archie writes at some length of these snowy days — both the pleasures, and the pains:

“Fierce snowstorms. Was N.C.O. in charge of manure dump. During the morning the sun came out and for a few hours it was beautiful. The birds were singing and the vast Pirrie estate [Witley Park] was a grand spectacle. The trails of the rabbits were quite discernible.

“The battery went out on parade and got caught in a vile snowstorm during the afternoon and the boys were wet through when they reached camp and the harness and the vehicles were in an awful mess. It was the worse [sic] day we have had in England. In places the teams were up to their bellies in mud. To make matters worse the cook cart got lost in the storm and there was no grub.” (1)

Now that’s adding injury to insult.

(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. 4: 27-28. April 3, 1917. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.

The photograph is from Percy’s small album.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”




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