The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake December 1914

World War One letters from a double VC

Read by Nicholas Blatchley

Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies
From Arthur's Wartime Photo Album - Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies
Letter 86954
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies

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26/12/14 — No.5 Field Ambulance

My dear Mammy

A letter from you today. Thanks very much for all your good wishes. The Xmas pudding was a great success, & what we could not eat went to the servants who enjoyed it much. Plum puddings were issued out to the men & they all had a good fill. Every man had a card from the King & Queen & today Princess Mary’s present. We all got the letter, but the cards were short so the officers did not get one. More have been applied for & if I get mine I will send it to you.

Have packed up Princess Mary’s present & am sending it to you when I can get to a Post Office. It is quite a nice box, & the smoking materials inside are for Steenie & Dick. They are to have these as they are doing much good work for the country. There was also a pipe which I am keeping for myself.

We have moved again, only a short way from the last place & are only here temporarily. A letter from Bella — please thank her for all the news & the photos. I enclose some of these as I want more prints (small). The men taken are very keen to have copies.

We have had two days rather hard frost, but now the weather has changed & it has got warmer.

Will you please send me a small size bath towel — not one of the big ones as they are so bulky to carry.

Hoping you are all quite fit, & with best wishes for the New Year.

Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son
A.M. Leake

{HALS reference 86953}

 

29/12/14 — No.5 Field Ambulance

My dear Mammy

Letters received with copies & photos. Thanks much.

Enclosed is letter for India. Please stamp & post.

No news here at all. Things are very quiet & we have very few wounded.

On Xmas day there was an unofficial armistice between one of the Indian Reg[imen]ts & the Germans in front. Smokes & rum were exchanged & much bon hommie. I believe they are Bavarians in front & they are said to have no ill will towards us.

Am afraid there is not much chance of meeting Willie.

Best love & hoping you are all quite fit. Will write more later.

Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son
A.M. Leake

{HALS reference 86954}

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