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30/3/2012

Letter to South Leith-1915

Letter to South Leith-1915

EXTRACT FROM A LETTER FROM LIEUTENANT
MATTHEW WHITE, 5TH SCOTTISH RIFLES.
10/1/15.
“It is now 1.30, and we have just come back from
a Church Parade. As many as we could get together
celebrated Communion after the service, and it was a
very plain but impressive sight. The Table was a
wooden box, and we had tumblers as Cups. Every now
and then a shell would wheeze past or a cannon would
roar, just to remind us that we “were still at war.
“We had all the old Scotch Psalms, among them the
tune Kilmarnoek.
“There is nothing fresh except the rain, and that
reminds me, the trenches are simply awful ; some are full
of water, others the limit with mud and water. The
poor fellows are really marvellous, considering almost
every one has rheumatics. I believe the German trenches
are worse ; but then, you see, they have the town of
L where the electric plant-is. As a matter of
fact they lit A for three weeks before they found
out they were doing so. then they of course cut it off.
I am going out to try and improve a road across fields to
the trenches with bricks from broken houses, so that
ration parties may have as much comfort as possible
under tire circumstances. . . .”

source-South Leith Magazine 1915

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