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December 19, 1917: National Hockey League (NHL) opens its first season

On this day in 1917, four teams of the National Hockey League (NHL) play in the fledgling league’s first two games. At the time of its inception, the NHL was made up of five franchises: the Canadiens and the Wanderers (both of Montreal), the Ottawa Senators, the Quebec Bulldogs and the Toronto Arenas. The Montreal teams won two victories that first day, as the Canadiens beat Ottawa 7-4 and the Wanderers triumphed over Toronto 10-9.

The first professional ice hockey league was the International Pro Hockey League, founded in 1904 in Michigan. After it folded, two bigger leagues emerged in Canada: the National Hockey Association (NHA) and the Pacific Coast League (PCL). In 1914, the two leagues played a championship series, and the winner was awarded the famous silver bowl donated for Canada’s amateur hockey leagues by Lord Stanley, the English governor general of Canada, in 1892. The NHA stopped operating during World War II, and after the war the five elite teams from Canada formed the NHL in its place. Despite that early defeat, Toronto went on to win the inaugural season. In March 1918, they defeated the PCL champions, the Vancouver Millionaires, three games to two for the Stanley Cup.

By 1926, the PCL had folded, and the 10 teams of the NHL divided into two divisions. The champions of each those two divisions–the Eastern and the Western Conference–now face each other at the end of each season in the Stanley Cup Championship.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/national-hockey-league-nhl-opens-its-first-season
Zie ook https://www.nhl.com/senators/news/looking-back-ottawas-first-nhl-game-dec-19-1917/c-648020
Zie ook https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1917%E2%80%9318_NHL_season
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December 19, 1917 - Houston Chronicle

German propagandists, angered at the remarkable work done by the Red Cross in Harris County, are becoming active, and rumors are being circulated, particularly in West End, Magnolia Park and Harrisburg, that the solicitors for members to the Red Cross are getting a commission on each member.
In a statement issued Wednesday morning chairman Abe M. Levy branded these rumors as false.

"It is up to the citizens of Harris County to help stamp out this despicable and sneaking method of the enemy to poison the minds of Americans against themselves. It is part of Germany's uncivilized method of warfare," he said.

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PUNCH, OR THE LONDON CHARIVARI - Vol. 153 - December 19, 1917

TO THE REGIMENT - A CHRISTMAS MESSAGE.

So Christmas comes and finds you yet in Flanders,
And all is mud and messiness and sleet,
And men have temperatures and horses glanders,
And Brigadiers have trouble with their feet,
And life is bad for Company-Commanders,
And even Thomas's is not so sweet.

Now cooks for kindlewood would give great riches,
And in the dixies the pale stew congeals,
And ration-parties are not free from hitches,
But all night circle like performing seals,
Till morning breaks and everybody pitches
Into a hole some other person's meals.

Now regiments huddle over last week's ashes
And pray for coal and sedulously "rest,"
Where rain and wind contemn the empty sashes,
And blue lips frame the faint heroic jest,
Till some near howitzer goes off and smashes
The only window that the town possessed.

Yet somehow Christmas in your souls is stirring,
And Colonels now less viciously upbraid
Their Transport Officers, however erring,
And sudden signals issue from Brigade
To say next Tuesday Christmas is occurring,
And what arrangements have Battalions made?

And then, maybe, while everyone discusses
On what rich foods their dear commands shall dine,
And (most efficiently) the Padre fusses
About the birds, the speeches and the wine—
The Corps-Commander sends a fleet of 'buses
To whisk you off to Christmas in the line.

You make no moan, nor hint at how you're faring,
And here in turn we try to hide our woe,
With taxis mutinous, and Tubes so wearing,
And who can tell where all the matches go?
And all our doors and windows want repairing,
But can we get a man to mend them? No.

The dustman visits not; we can't get castor;
In vain are parlour-maids and plumbers sought,
And human intellect can scarcely master
The time when beer may lawfully be bought,
Or calculate how cash can go much faster,
And if one's butcher's acting as he ought.

Our old indulgences are now not cricket;
Whate'er one does some Minister will cuss;
In Tube and Tram young ladies punch one's ticket,
With whom one can't be cross or querulous;
All things are different, but still we stick it,
And humbly hope we help a little thus.

So, Fellow-sufferers, we give you greeting—
All luck, all laughter and an end of wars!
And just to strengthen you for Fritz's beating,
I'm sending out a parcel from the Stores;
They mean to stop my annual over-eating,
But it will comfort me to think of yours.

A.P.H.

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PAPERS RELATING TO THE FOREIGN RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES, 1917, SUPPLEMENT 2, THE WORLD WAR, VOLUME II: The Ambassador in Great Britain ( Page ) to the Secretary of State

[Telegram]
London , December 19, 1917 .
[Received December 20, 6.33 a.m.]
From Crosby for Secretary of Treasury:

No. 21. After further conference with British officials have reached following conclusion regarding financial blockade. Advise that our Government promptly require American banks and bankers who have dealings with banks of neutral countries to require their correspondents in neutral countries to execute undertaking that facilities of their American account will not be used to aid enemy substantially similar to undertaking which has been signed by all correspondents in neutral countries of London and Paris banks. Lord Percy and Stevenson have copy this agreement on single sheet with English text on one side and French text on other.

Regarding proposed extension of financial blockade shown in British memorandum dated July 24, entitled: “Suggested Extension of Financial Blockade,” which should be in your files.1 While not convinced it will accomplish as much as has been hoped, am disposed to advise cooperation with Great Britain, France, and Italy as stated below, always having regard both as to time and method to paramount necessity of securing loans in neutral countries for Great Britain and France to cover adverse trade balances. Having this necessity in view following procedure proposed:

(1) There shall be no attempt, for present, at least, to interfere with direct transactions, including loans between Germany and neutral countries and their banks, being those described in paragraphs 1 and 2 of memorandum;
(2) Diplomatic representatives of United States, Great Britain, France and Italy in each neutral country, to be provided with uniform notice to be prepared here to neutral banks in accordance with paragraphs 3 to 7 of said memorandum;
(3) Preparation of printed forms and machinery for carrying this plan into effect will be begun immediately, time of actual inauguration of plan will be determined after report from neutral countries regarding pending efforts to secure loans for Great Britain and France.

Please cable whether you approve program outlined above, in which event only, immediate action required will be to arrange with American banks to secure signature to undertaking first above mentioned. Copies of this telegram will show British, French and Italians all of whom indicate satisfaction with procedure here proposed.

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December 19, 1918: Aerial Transfer Bridge operator killed

On this day in Duluth in 1918, Aerial Transfer Bridge operator Thomas White was accidentally killed while performing maintenance on the bridge. White—substituting for vacationing bridge supervisor Leonard Green—climbed to the top of the bridge to perform maintenance, mostly oiling the trucks and pulleys that helped convey the bridge’s gondola car back and forth across the Duluth Ship Canal. No one witnessed how the accident occurred, but as the ferry car left the South Pier and headed across, White was somehow pulled into a pulley, crushing his chest. Some passengers waiting to board heard White scream, but the sound of the ferry in motion prevented the operator from immediately hearing his cries. He was trapped ninety feet above the ship canal. It took a firefighter and two of White’s fellow bridge operators quite some time to free him from the bridgeworks and lower him down by ropes, and he died just minutes after reaching the hospital. White was 57 years old and had lived in Duluth for over forty years. The funeral was held at his home at 1008 Lake Avenue South on Park Point, attended by his fellow members of Duluth Nest 1200, Order of the Owls.

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December 19, 1918

Parade through London, England, 19 December 1918. Field Marshal (Earl) Haig (1861-1928) and two other officers being driven past Buckingham Palace, London in an open horse-drawn carriage. This is one of two photographs of Haig being driven through London as part of a Victory celebration. (The other is titled 'Haig greeting Queen Alexandra'.) 'Douglas. Sir Herbert Lawrence & Alan Fletcher. Drive through London' is written in pencil on the back.
General Sir Herbert Lawrence was Haig's Chief of Staff in France and Lieutenant-Colonel Alan Fletcher was his senior Aide-de-Camp.
[Original reads: 'Dec 19 1918'.]

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Photograph of the changing the guard at Neider Breisig, Germany - December 19, 1918

In this photograph, 42nd Division soldiers change guard in Neider Breisig, Germany on December 19, 1918. This photograph belongs to a collection compiled by Ruby Garrett, the Kansas City, Missouri lawyer who served as Chief Signal Officer of the 42nd Division during World War I.

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On This Day: Ripley’s “Believe it or Not!” Debuts

On Dec. 19, 1918, Robert Ripley’s cartoon panel of odd sports accomplishments was published in the New York Globe, the first of his famous “Ripley’s Believe It or Not!” series.

Ripley, known as an extremely shy but eccentric person, had two passions as a young man: art and sports. In 1913, he moved from San Francisco to New York City to try out for the New York Giants, but his baseball ambitions ended when he broke his arm. With experience drawing cartoons for two San Francisco dailies, he got a job with the New York Globe drawing a daily sports cartoon.

It was during a lull in inspiration for his daily drawing that he sketched a panel of sports oddities, including a man who had run backwards for 100 yards in 14 seconds, and another who had hopped that distance in 11 seconds. The panel, submitted with the title “Champs and Chumps,” was changed by the editor to “Believe It or Not!”

It was a hit with readers and it soon became a weekly feature. Ripley started to travel the world, expanding his range of subjects to include oddities from outside sports. In 1929, the feature began running in publisher William Randolph Hearst’s newspapers, giving it worldwide distribution. Ripley published a Believe It or Not! book, opened a traveling “Odditorium” exhibit and began a career in radio, film and television.

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"Colored students in the State University of Iowa," December 19, 1913

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Sterfte aan influenza in October 1918, zoals opgenomen in de Nederlandsche Staatscourant op 19 december 1918

Indrukwekkend... https://www.ntvg.nl/system/files/publications/1919101190001a.pdf

Spaanse Griep in Nederland

Ook in Nederland manifesteerde de griep zich als eerste in garnizoensplaatsen. In het Nederlandse tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde zijn hieraan diverse artikelen gewijd. In de landelijke pers was het onderwerp Spaanse griep haast taboe om onrust te voorkomen. De geneeskunde stond vrijwel machteloos tegen deze griepgolf. Allerlei therapieën werden beproefd, te vergeefs. Militairen verkeerden in een extra kwetsbare positie, omdat zij door de slechte legering elkaar hoestend de luchtweginfecties doorgaven. De Spaanse griep was daarom de grootste killer ook van onze gemobiliseerde militairen in de Eerste Wereldoorlog. De landelijke griep golf verspreidde zich tijdens de zomermaanden van 1918 explosief en was rond de wapenstilstandsbesprekingen, november-december 1918, op zijn hoogtepunt. Meestal begon de griep in de acute met een hoge koorts, die pas na enkele dagen zich matigde. Vooral bij jongeren (10-20%) trad nogal eens bij de vroege fase een acute dood door ademnood op. Bij een groot aantal herstellende grieppatiënten trad daarna nog een tweede koortsgolf op, die op een secundaire bacteriële infectie van de luchtwegen berustte. Naar schatting stierven 1 op de 5 grieplijders daardoor.

Op de door honger verzwakte bevolking had deze Spaanse griep ook in Nederland op de bevolking als geheel een catastrofale uitwerking waarvan de uitwerking zich vooral bij de derde golf manifesteerde. De virale infectie was al erg genoeg maar zij trof bovendien een hongerende bevolking in ongunstige omstandigheden (ondervoeding, overvolle medische kampen en ziekenhuizen, slechte hygiëne). Dit bevorderde deze bacteriële superinfectie die nog de meeste slachtoffers maakte, meestal na een ietwat langduriger sterfbed. Deze griepgolf trof ook de oudere patiënten.

Staatscourant van 19 december 1918 bevat een overzicht van de sterfte aan influenza, acute bronchitis, bronchopneumonie, croupeuze pneumonie en aandoeningen der pleuraholte in de in hoofde dezes genoemde maanden, waaraan reeds thans de cijfers voor November 1918 kunnen worden toegevoegd. Aan influenza, waaraan in de jaren 1913—1917 gemiddeld niet meer dan 0,08 per 1 000 inwoners stierven, overleden in oktober ongeveer 51/2 Per 1 000, dat is 67 maal de normale sterfte, terwijl het cijfer voor November niet minder dan 19 per 1 000 bedroeg, dus 237 maal de normale sterfte

Preventie was de enige mogelijk om de griepepidemie wat in te dammen. In allernaast werden scholen gesloten en openbare bijeenkomsten en manifestaties afgelast. Het spugen op de grond was in die tijd nog gebruikelijk en werd ontmoedigd. Ik roep in herinnering de vele bordjes op met de tekst: “Verboden te spuwen” (o.a. in wachtkamers, wagons, openbare gelegenheden e.d.) die alom verschenen. Ook raakten ook mondkapjes in zwang om de gevolgen van het aanhoesten te verminderen.

Kapitein-apotheker van Essen geeft advies over preventie: ” ’t Verdient aanbeveling om den mond zoveel mogelijk gesloten te houden en te ademen door den neus. Indien men met iemand spreekt, laat men dan op eenigen afstand van elkaar staan. Het beste is zo min mogelijk handen te geven. ‘Wascht verder dikwijls uwe handen, het liefste met zeep, doch bij dezen zeepnood met zand, vette klei of pijpaarde in den vorm van kunstzeep. […] Wandel liever in de frissche buitenlucht, dan plaats te nemen in een volle tram. Indien niet noodzakelijk, vermijdt dan verzamelplaatsen van menschen. Verder is roken goed, omdat de mond dan dichtgehouden wordt. Een suikerbal, hopje of pepermunt kan daarom ook goede diensten bewijzen. Nu en dan gorgelen met mondwater of chloraskaliumoplossing is aan te bevelen.” Het effect was dat veel jonge mannen gingen roken en dat bleven doen.

Naar schatting stierven door de griep in Nederland rechtstreeks 30.000 inwoners. Daarnaast kregen nog eens 30.000 ernstige longschade, die vaak tot een vroegtijdige dood leidde In bijna iedere familie waren een of meer griepdoden te betreuren. Men schat dat mondiaal gezien de Griepgolf 50 – 100 miljoen mensen het leven kostte. Men zegt wel eens dat de griep de grootste `medische Holocaust in de geschiedenis is geweest.

Uit de tijd dat roken nog aanbevolen werd... https://ontdekjouwverhaal.nl/nieuws/de-spaanse-griep/
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19 december 1917 - deportatie naar Herentals

Op 19 december 1917 werden 154 gezinnen uit Beveren per trein naar Herentals gedeporteerd omdat de gemeente te gevaarlijk was door de bombardementen. Beveren leek op een spookdorp, naast de verplichte tewerkgestelden was de gemeente leeg.

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Eemlander verslaat werkzaamheden liniedijk

Op 19 december 1917 wordt in de “Eemlander” melding gemaakt van werkzaamheden aan de Grebbeliniedijk. Vanwege de jaarlijks terugkerende waterproblemen in de winter worden de dijken verhoogd. Waar andere dijklichamen door burgers worden versterkt, daar wordt de Grebbelinie door soldaten op voldoende hoogte gebracht.

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This Day, December 19, In Jewish History by Mitchell A. Levin

1914 (2nd of Tevet, 5675): Eighth Day of Chanukah

1914: In Charleston, SC, Dr. Leon Banov and Minnie Banov gave birth to Leon Banov, Jr. the Medical College of South Carolina trained proctologist, husband of Rita Landesman Banov and father of Jane and Alan Banov.

1914 (2nd of Tevet, 5675): During WW I, Captain Cecil David Woodburn Bamberger, who “had attended University College School was killed while serving with the Royal Engineers.

1914: A letter received today in New York from a journalist in Jerusalem described “conditions in Palestine since the Turkish declaration of war: that “shows how serious the hardships brought upon the population are likely to be.

1915: Joseph Trumpeldor, who took command of the Zion Mule Corps after Lt. Col. Patterson became so sick he had to return to England, “was wounded in the left shoulder by a rifle bullet today but refused to ev evacuated” and chose to say with Jewish unit which by now had dwindled to five British officers, two Jewish officers and 126 enlisted men.”

1915: Today, “the Zionist Council of Greater New York “is scheduled to “celebrate it tenth anniversary at the Central Opera House” with events including a “musical concert” the issuance of “The Decennial” a souvenir period “containing articles by Louis D. Brandeis, Dr. Schmarya Levin and Dr. Stephen S. Wise.”

1915: Among those who were reported today to have made contributions to the Central Relief Committee for the Relief of Jews suffering through the war are Sioux City Religious Association, $218; Jewish National Organization of Minneapolis, $387; Jewish Committee of Knoxville, TN, $400 and the Hadassah Aid Society of Wilkes-Barre, PA Religious Committee, $180.

1916 (24th of Kislev, 5677): In the evening, kindle the first light of Chanukah

1916: The New York Times reported, “The celebration of the Jewish festival of Chanukah, or Feast of Dedication known also as the Feast of Lights, will begin this evening and will continue for eight days.

1917: Seventy-one year old Ernst Herter the German sculptor who” was present in New York when his Heinrich Heine memorial sculpture, known as the Lorelei Fountain, was unveiled in the Bronx, New York” after “Heine's city of birth, Düsseldorf “squelched” the project” due to the anti-Semitic sentiment that pervaded the German Reich at that time passed away today.

1917: The Organization for the Defense of Eastern Jewry was established today in London.

1917 (4th of Tevet, 5678): Seventy-four year old “communal worker” Michael B. Jonas passed away today in St. Louis.

1917: “Among the additional contributions to the $10,000,000 fund raised by the American Jewish Relief Committee published today were $5,000 from M.M. Travis of Tulsa, OK, $1,2500 from the Jewish Relief Committee of Spokane, WA, $1,100 from Jewish Relief Committee of Grand Forks, N.D. and $1,000 from the Jewish Relief Committee of Nashville, TN.

1918: “On the initiative of Chajjim Weiszburg, a leader of the Zionist movement, Uj Kelet, a Zionist Jewish newspaper in the Hungarian language whose writers included Rudolf Kastner, was launched as a weekly today.

1918: “The Private From the Bronx” published today praised the bravery of Abraham Krotoshinsky who earned the Distinguished Service Cross for the heroism displayed while helping to rescue the “Lost Battalion” during the fighting in the Argonne Forest.

1919 (27th of Kislev, 5680): Third Chanukah

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Ludwig Wüllner, repetitie in het Concertgebouw, 19 December 1916

De liederenzanger en declamator Ludwig Wüllmer repeteert met het Concertgebouworkest o.l.v. Willem Mengelberg.

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19 December 1916 - WW1 Blog - Jersey Heritage: STATES REJECT USE OF POW LABOUR ON FARMS

To aid the release of men for service in the armed forces, a UK Government scheme permits the employment of enemy prisoners of war for agricultural work. After discussions, the States have decided to not take advantage the nearly 2,000 German POWs presently held in St Ouen’s Bay. As a result, it seems likely that the prisoners will return to the UK for work there.

The late Lieutenant Governor, General Rochfort, offered POW labour to the Agricultural Committee for use on local farms some weeks back. The Attorney General has now confirmed to Rochfort’s successor, General Wilson, that the States do not wish to take up the offer. The sticking point is a matter of pay. Under the terms of The Hague Convention, prisoners of war must be paid for any work they are made to do, at a rate comparable to that given to existing workers. The response of Jersey farmers was to request a reduced rate – something the UK Government refused to accept. The position of the States is that it has no money available to pay for POW labour, although that situation may change in the future.

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Nooit eerder vertoonde foto's WWI
VK - 22 september 2017

Eén van de getoonde foto's: Een Franse soldaat bij een begraafplaats in Saint-Jean-sur-Tourbe op 19 december 1916.

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19th December 1916 - Captain Guy Livingston Boddington

Captain Guy Livingston Boddington, 6th Battalion Royal Warwickshire Regiment, was reported missing in action, believed captured, on 19th December 1916, after going out on night patrol. His parents, Samuel (a woollen merchant) and Eliza, lived at Hillfield Hall, Solihull having moved there from Edgbaston between 1901 and 1905.

Guy Livingston Boddington was born in Stourbridge in 1891 and was the youngest of nine children (four boys, five girls). He was educated at Messrs Till and and Wright’s Preparatory School, Malvern, and afterwards at Radley College, Oxfordshire.

By 1911, aged 19, he was working in his father’s business, Samuel Boddington & Sons, woollen merchants, in Cannon Street, Birmingham. On the outbreak of war he joined the Army, being commissioned Second Lieutenant on 19th October 1914. His older brother, Ralph, also joined the Army and was killed in 1917.

Guy Livingston Boddington married Nell Severn in Pewsey, Wiltshire between April-June 1916, less than a year before his death. Their daughter, Joan Elizabeth (1916-1982), was born on 28th December 1916, nine days after her father’s death.

Guy Boddington was initally listed as wounded and missing, presumed to be a prisoner of war, before being declared presumed dead a year later. The Leamington Spa Courier 5th January 1917 reported the circumstances surrounding his death:

It appears that Captain Boddington, with a patrol, went out at night to take up a position in front of our lines, and got right on top of a German advanced post before either they or the enemy were aware of the other’s presence. Captain Boddington shot two Germans in the post, and two more were shot by his men, but a machine gun and rifle fire were opened on them from the German trench in the rear, and the Captain was hit as well as another man. A lance-corporal and another man were trying to remove their officer when the other man was hit, and the lance-corporal was unable to do anything more by himself, although he tried. The result was that Captain Boddington had to be left on the German parapet. It is considered practically certain that he was taken in by the enemy, and there is a fair chance of his being alive in German hands. The commanding officer of Captain Boddington’s regiment says :- “He had done magnificent work in the trenches previous to this occurrence, and is a great loss to me both as a friend and as an officer.”

He is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial and is also listed on Solihull War Memorial, as well as on the war memorial at Radley School.

https://solihulllife.wordpress.com/2016/12/19/19th-dec-1916/
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Brief 1915-12-19 van Auguste Chanson aan zijn vrouw Berthe

De 19e december 1915, om 10 uur ‘s morgens

Mijn lieve Berthe

Het is nu al vier dagen dat ik zonder nieuws (van jou) zit, ik hoop echter vanavond goed nieuws te ontvangen.
Gisteren heb ik een knaap uit Cervi gezien. Hij zal me komen opzoeken met Armand Puillery. Verscheidene dagen zijn de verloven nu al ingetrokken. Ik hoop dat ze die spoedig weer toestaan want anders zal mijn termijn langer gaan duren.

Nou ja, je moet maar hopen dat het weldra gebeurt in afwachting van de echte bevrijding. Deze dag zal een mooie dag worden en ik hoop dat hij dichterbij dan ik denk, ofschoon ik vernomen heb dat het hier negen dagen heel koud wordt. Ik zal vandaag naar Commercy gaan om sokken te kopen en mosterdmeel om erin te doen, hetgeen het bloed beter laat circuleren want het is vooral in de voeten dat ik het koud heb.
Nou ja, de gezondheid is goed en over het leed wordt niet gepraat.. We zijn er tenslotte teveel aan gewend.
Wanneer ik de vreugde zal beleven om weer bij jou en de kleintjes te leven, zou ik je alles kunnen vertellen maar daarvoor wil ik jullie nog heel wat keren heel stevig omhelzen. Hij die van jullie houdt en die jullie liefheeft is je Auguste.

A. Chanson.

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The First World War Letters of H.J.C. Peirs... a digital history

8th Queens.
B.E. F.
19.12. 1915.

My dear G. [Gladys]

Many thanks for your letter of the 7th. November which I got yesterday I suppose this is the last letter you will get from me before you sail for home sweet home & 5 months 10 days without Bill.

I had a week at home at the beginning of the month & should be getting my next about the time you are due to arrive, so you must let them know at home when you sail, so that I can time my arrival with your own. We have been back behind the line now for nearly a month & I think they are going to let us stay here till after Xmas when we shall move up to face the Bosch again – only in a different place. I heard this morning that they had loosed off a lot of gas in the very spot we are going to, but for some reason or other didn’t follow it up with an attack, so nothing happened & no one minded. Still if they gas us now, they may do so again. We were practicing in a gas trench the other day & it is extraordinary how the gas helmets protect you – & it was not a fake as they gassed one man pretty badly whose helmet was not working right.

I am in a very comfortable billet here with a feather bed & a large sitting room with an open fire & two very nice old ladies to look after me. The only thing is that there is no bath & the sanitary arrangements are to say the least Nigerian. I also notice that the household pump leads direct into the household cesspool, so I drink beer.

As you have heard I expect, we have got a new C. O. from our 2nd. Battn. Still under the War Office rules, anyone who acts as C. O. for more than 30 days, gets made a temporary Lt. Col. & reverts when a new C. O. arrives, so for 5 blissful days you had a brother who was a Lt. Colonel & didn’t know it – poor girl what you missed.

Love to the incubus

Jack.

http://jackpeirs.org/letters/19-december-1915-to-gladys/
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