Sgt. GC Roberts 3144

C Coy 1/5th Welsh Regt

159th Brigade 53rd Division

July 4th, 1916   E.E.F.

Dear Dad and Mam

Just a line to let you know that I am in the pink hoping you all are the same at home. I have not received a letter from you for about a fortnight but I can’t grumble because I have received my letters very good indeed since I have been back with the battalion. I am now on the lookout for the parcel you said you send me, I will be expecting it every mail now and will let you know at once when I get it. I sent you two letters within a couple of days to each other last week hope you have had them before now. I was at a service at one of our mess huts on Sunday night, Rev AW. Davis was preacher, a nice short sweet service it was, you should hear the boys singing they let it rip for all they were worth. Mr Davis is giving us another humorous lecture on Wednesday night on All sorts(?) and condition of women. We had one on All sorts and condition of men before and it was a big success, all of us enjoyed it. There is a competitive concert to be held here on July 7. Mr Davies is working hard to make the time a bit interesting for the boys. He has a free library and we all like to read the books he has, he has a good selection. You have not let me know whether you know him or not. The C of E Chaplain is a dry old …. and a miserable sort of chap altogether. If you saw the sort of place we are in you would pity us, you can imagine some high steep sand hills and some tents at the bottom and a few wooden huts and you will have an idea what the northwestern frontier is like and you can bet the best sort of entertainment is very welcome. How is Dyfan and Mailys getting on, hope they are well and are doing all right with the Central Welsh Board Exam, hope they will pass alright, hope they are not so Macnoon as I was. Macnoon is arabic, so you see I am learning Arabic not Greek now. How are things getting on at Abertysswg now, let me know. Has Roberts the Co-op joined up yet, you told me he had received Lord Derby’s letter. Has Austin been called up yet, what regiment is he in the poor child. Emrys should go as well but I suppose he is a conscientious objector to military service. I saw a good cartoon of the noncombatant corps or conscientious objectors; it was a cartoon of the first casualty of the gallant corps. The poor fellow had been digging he had accidentally sh..d a worm in half and the shock had been too great for the poor chap’s nerves. What do you think of it. We hear out here the offensive has been taken by us in France and that we have taken the German first line of trenches. The captain of my Coy recommended my name for a commission in the artillery but it went in to late. Well I have no more to say just now hope to hear from you soon. so long for the present. With best live and best wishes to you all.

I am

Your loving son




The offensive to which GCR refers would have been the Battle of the Somme