Wwi British Letters. 10th Royal Fusiliers Bef. Killed In Action In France, 1918.
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Wwi British Letters. 10th Royal Fusiliers Bef. Killed In Action In France, 1918.:
Thisisa very scarce grouping of two long and interesting original First World War letters, written in late September 1918 by a British soldierwho was killed in action a very short time later, in earlyOctober 1918.There is excellent content in these letters, both of which werewritten by this soldier less than twoweeks beforehe was killed in action.
In addition to the two original letters written by this soldier thereis a scarce originaldocument.This is the official conveyance lettersent to this soldier's familywith his British War Medal and Victory Medal.
The two letters written by this soldier are long, interesting, and highly emotional. They were written in France on the 26th and 29th of September, 1918. This soldier was killed in action on the 8th of October,
***Thesedeeply movingoriginalletters were writtenby 86271 Private Frederick G. Sammons of the 10th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers. The letters were written to his wife Nellie, who lived in Barnsbury, in north London. Private Sammons was killed in action on the 8th of October, 1918.
Frederick and Nellie Sammons had a young son, Frederick Jr.
There isexcellent content in these letters. The September 26th letter is 3 pages long. It was written while Sammons' battalion was in a period of relief from the trenches. Sammons explains that he and the other men were fed up with the war and longed for it to end, but they knew that there was still a job to do and were doing their best to remain in high spirits:
"Yet another day has passed without anything of note having happened, and for all that it is a day at any ratenearer the end. By the way and look of the officers and men they are all nearly fed up with things, but still the job has got to be finished now, and therefore we must all buck up and be as cheerful as we can."
Sammons was ill, with dysentery, or possibly influenza. He had little strength and was experiencing stomach spasms. He had gone that day to see the medical officer, who had given him some pills:
"Last night I did not feel up to the mark so packed down very early and managed to sleep for 5 hours without waking. I still felt very sick and had pains inside, so went and saw doctor. Got some pills and 'light duty', so this has enabled me to rest a bit, which I sorely needed.
Dear, you must not think I am dying. I reckon it is just another spasm of my stomach trouble, or perhaps a touch of dysentery. I have been rather sick and headache bad. However, enough of my troubles."
There is a very sad segment in which Sammons enquires about his young son. Sammons felt that perhaps it would be best if his son were not reminded of him:
"Is he still drawing and playing motors? Don't remind him too much of me. I think it would be best if he could forget a bit."
There is much more in this letter. Sammonsasksfor news of some other soldiers who were at the front. He states that "The food is pretty good and plentiful and altogether we have a lot to be thankful for." He asks his wife to remaincheerful, adding that the Germans appeared to be in a tough spot and that the end of the war should come soon:
"Keep smiling all the time, and hope and trust for the end soon... Jerry is certainly underdog now, and he must look out."
The letter written on the 29th of September isalso 3pages long. This letter was written only nine days before Private Sammons was killed in action. The letters was written as Sammons' battalion marched toward the trenches, in his case for the last time:
"We have been shifted today. It seems this division favors Sunday above all days for getting Tommy on the march... It is a step nearer the front line, so suppose in a day or two I shall once again be up against 'Jerry'. Have quite enjoyed the past week away from all the banging and really think it has done me a lot of good."
Sammons writes of developments in the war:
"I hope the war news is still good and bucking up your spirits. The rumour is that we are now further into France and Belgium than we have ever previously been. Theweather anyway has, I think, favoured our people and I hope it continues for some further weeks, so that we can keep on giving Jerry somehard knocks."
There is much more. Sammons writes that the week of relief from the trenches had done him good. There is content about a friend who had been wounded: "Am wondering whether he got away clean with his wound or whether he got caught, as did others of our battalion." Sammons states that food was in short supply, and he was thankful that he had purchased some biscuits at a Y.M.C.A. hut while the battalion was in relief. He asks his wife not to worry about him:
"I do hope you are getting strong and have ceased to worry about me. I do assure you it does no good at all to worry and I could be much more unhappy than I am."
Private Frederick Sammons was killed in action just nine days later.
An emotionalgrouping of original First World War British letters, written by a soldier who was killed in actioninFrance in 1918.
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