The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake October 1917
Read by Nicholas Blatchley
To listen to the audio clip, click play on the bar below the image on the right.
My dear Mammy
Arrived safely at my destination late last night, after a somewhat troublesome journey. At Folkestone it looked as if the crossing would be quite good; there was no wind blowing & the sea was calm. However the fiddles were on the tables & the boat had had a bad crossing in the morning. We started off quite nicely & it was not till we had gone some way that we began to get into bad weather & it got worse & worse till we got into Boulogne. Of course I was pretty seasick & went straight to bed on landing. The train next day which should do the journey at about 10 miles per hour in 6½ hours took from 11am till 9pm.However this did not matter much because it gave me plenty of time to get over the effects of mal-de-mere [sic], & naturally I did not mind fasting a bit. Am quite all right now & have started work again. Everything is just the same & the more or less peaceful time on this front continues.
The weather in France has been horrible & there has been a great deal of rain. A lot of the country near the coast is muddy water & the rivers overflowing. It is rather astonishing as we had nothing of this kind in England. It is wonderful that they can keep on with the fighting & it must be very bad & trying for the men. In spite of this they seem to be doing well. I called on the Boltons & am writing to Bella to tell her what he said.
I hope you are very fit & not doing too much. Am looking forward to being home again before long.
Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son