The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake June 1917

Read by Nicholas Blatchley

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{Arthur spent the first half of June on leave at Marshalls, then on the 18th was posted to the vicinity of Ypres}



My dear Mammy

There is plenty going on in these parts & one is kept fairly busy. The Bosh spends his time trying to destroy everything, & our people are always constructing. War is a fearful waste of everything & the sooner the Bosh is wiped off the earth the better.

The weather has been better for the last few days, but now it is wet again. This country is most fertile & the farms & gardens are looking wonderful. There is a good deal of hop cultivation & it does not look as if the Belgian is going to give up his beer.

How is your hay crop getting on? Hope you have had some good weather for it. The strawberries must be quite at their best now, & I often wonder how the family are surviving.

Hope you are all fit.

Best love

Y[ou]r affect[ionate] son

Will Bella please send me some writing paper.


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