Wwi British Letter, France, March 1916. Became An Officer, Killed In Action 1918
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Wwi British Letter, France, March 1916. Became An Officer, Killed In Action 1918:
Thisisa scarce, very interesting, and highly emotionaloriginal First World WarBritishsoldier's letter, writteninFrance inMarch 1916by an infantrymanwho was killed in action in 1918.This4 page letter waswritten in in France by a soldier in the7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 20th Light Division.
*** The soldier who wrote this letter served on the Western Front from 1915 to 1918. He was killed in action in March of 1918. Hewas commissionedasan officer in 1917.The letter was written by14828 Corporal Charles F. Peters of B Company, 7th Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, whowas killed in 1918 while serving asa Lieutenantin the 6th Battalion of theEast Kent Regiment(The Buffs).
There isoutstanding content inthis4 page letter, which Corporal Charles F. Peters wrote to his sweetheart in London. Peters was suffering from trench foot, caused by standing in deep cold water in the trenches. There is content about his condition and it's cause, and also content about some of his recent battle experiences:
"The reason Elsie I havenot been able to do much letter writing lately is I have had an attack of trench feet which at the best of times are rather painful. To make matters worse leave is cancelled, otherwise I should have been home in London now instead of writing to you. How glorious it would be if I could get home on a few days leave. Never mind, keep smiling, one of these fine days the war will end and we shall then forget most of our troubles.
A lot of our company are suffering from trench feet, owing to our having to go into the firing line without trench boots. We were standing practically up to our thighs in water and only had on our boots and puttees, and what with snowing and freezing and the dragging nights you can just imagine how we felt. To improve things we had to do an extra day in, owing to the attack here and recapture of those lost trenches. We had a hell upon earth time of it but came out on top, as I expect you have read.
Peters explains that his battalion had beenfighting in a very hot part of the line:
"This is a warm part of the line here, and a very funny part. It is the only stretch where we are over the canal. The Germans are each side of us, in front, and pretty near round the back of us, and as you may suppose the Germans make good use of their advantage. We are back now Elsie on a few days rest, and I reckon we have earned it this time at any rate."
Peters was angry that there were many men in England who were making excuses to avoid going into the army. Peters felt that such men should be forced into the army and sent straight out to the trenches:
"I see there are a lot of single fellows dodging the army by simple excuses. By jove, if I had my way with them I'd make up a battalion of them, equip them, give them a rifle and send them straight out here. Plant them in the warmest part of the line, then they may have some excuse to make."
There is a segmentaboutblackouts in London and the danger of further zeppelin raids on the city:
"So they are still very strict on the lights then, but there I suppose everybody is talking about nothing else butzeppelin raids now the fine weather is coming."
Anexcellent originalFirst World Warletter from France, written in 1916 by a soldier who was later killed on the Western
*** This letterwas writtenby asoldier serving in the 7th Battalion, Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry, 20th Light Division.He F. Peters,who was later commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the 6th Battalion of theEast Kent Regiment (The Buffs).Lieutenant Charles F. Peterswas killed in action in France on the 18th of March, 1918. (Medal rolls confirmthat14828 Sergeant C.F.Peters and Lieutenant C.F. Peters were the same man.)
Charles Petersfirst arrived at the frontin the summer of 1915.He fought in several major battles, including Mount Sorrel (Sanctuary Wood, where his division fought alongside the Canadians)and the battles at the Somme. He returned to Englandin 1917to receive an officer's commission. Afterbeing commissioned hereturned to Franceas a 2nd Lieutenant in the6th Battalion of the Buffs (The East Kent Regiment). 2nd Lieutenant Charles Frederick Peters was killed in action on the 18th of March, 1918.
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