Europe Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

  • New Fodors vBulletin Forum
  • coming soon -- discuss!
View all Europe activity »
  1. 1 Cartagena Spain
  2. 2 SIM Card for London, Belgium, France & Italy
  3. 3 3 nights in Madrid
  4. 4 Transport Christmas and NYE
  5. 5 Europe Winter Itinerary
  6. 6 Purchasing travel insurance in the UK
  7. 7 Lake Geneva / Great St Bernard Pass / Milan / Naples
  8. 8 Trip Report CULINARY EXPLORING IN MADRID, SEVILLA, GAUCIN AND MALAGA
  9. 9 Driving a rental car from Croatia to Slovenia
  10. 10 Swimming in Lake Bled?
  11. 11 Sarlat & Surrounding Towns Restaurants
  12. 12 Help with Ireland Trip
  13. 13 best place in london for indian food without paying an arm and a leg
  14. 14 Ireland base towns (and timing) - Connemara/W. Cork?
  15. 15 Exchange ZAR in Turkey
  16. 16 Sim card/Amsterdam
  17. 17 Time to tell on yourself (embarassing travel stories)
  18. 18 Restaurant suggestions in Lyon France? Overwhelmed!
  19. 19 Paris Favorites (the 11th & wine regions)
  20. 20 Hotels on st george beach naxos
  21. 21 [Needed Recs] Cheap, widely available, good wine in Italy?
  22. 22 Cappadocia in June
  23. 23 One day in Berchtesgaden - what should we see
  24. 24 Trip Report Fueled by gluten, caffeine, and alcohol - two weeks in France
  25. 25 Ibiiza Spain
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report A Duty Nobly Done — Anselm and Margriet in Flanders and Picardy

Jump to last reply

May 10, 1915

My Dearest Mamma

Here’s my letter block so why shan’t I write to you. This is a rummy place up here where I am waiting with nothing particular to do for the time – desolation – a street with a few farm cottages old bricks strewn everywhere and tiles and a few odds and ends of equipment a scratch cradle tangle of old telephone lines repaired in every direction hung up against odd poles & festooned against houses – a great pile of trench work, some pollards cut about by shrapnel a group of soldiers graves. Behind my chair an estaminet (pub.) and behind them orchards, trenches, noman’s land – and the Germans. A lovely day for it all & I swear the only vile thing is the Bosch – I have been down here since 3 A.M. My nicest subaltern will be here to join me or relieve me shortly – If he doesn’t come soon I shall be asleep. What a glorious time of the year you must have been having at home & how much I wish I were back with [you]. I cant believe that I was there 10 days ago or a fortnight. Do send me news of John when next you write. I am looking forward to hearing of him. He must have had some experience lately. We had a most unpleasant day yesterday. I hope it won’t be repeated. Gs dont seem to have much artillery opposite however. I hope you are having a pleasant time at Littlehampton.
J. L.
H.B.C. Arthur

Henry Bartle Compton Arthur—my wife’s Great Uncle Harry—was an artillery major during the Great War. We have fifty of the letters he sent to his mother and sister while serving on the Western Front. This one was written from his observation post in the ruins of a village, probably Neuve Chapelle, the day after the Battle of Aubers Ridge. About 12,000 British soldiers were killed, wounded, or missing; it had been, as he said, “a most unpleasant day.”

In November we followed Harry through Flanders and Picardy. We’ll write about that, and then add a few notes on hotels and restaurants in Belgium and northern France. For those uninterested in war history, come back in a while and we’ll post about a new apartment we rented in Paris, plus a couple more restaurants reviews. Somewhere along the way we’ll put in a link to our pictures and finish with a bit of advice on maps, guides, and research.

97 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement