Sgt. GC Roberts 3144

Coy 1/5th Welsh Regt

159th Brigade 53rd Division


Sept 3, 1916

Dear Dad and Mam

Just a line again to let you know that I am as usual in the pink hope you are all the same at home. I am only writing a short note to you this time as I want to get it of and censored this afternoon. We are expecting a mail in today so you can expect a nice long letter in a day or two. I did not get a letter with the last mail from you but am almostsure of one this time. I have not had a letter from Jon and Mag for quite a long time, I am sure it does not take long to write a short letter. I wrote to them last week and told them about it. Hope it will have the desired affect and a letter to follow soon. How is Mailys and Dyfan getting on. I wrote in answer to their letter last week hope you have received it. The weather is very warm out here still, but I suppose the Egyptian winter will be with us soon, bit of swank wintering in Egypt don’t you think so. I am glad that I won’t get the sort of winter I had last year cold to freezing one day and not the next. I am feeling like a horse just now. I was told that I would have to get you to take the door off its hinges in order for me to come in the house so you can look out. Have you received Mr Davies’  letter yet, let me know when you do. I have heard that the Romanians are giving the Bulgars socks and that there is a revolution in Greece, I really don’t think this war can last much longer at this rate. Well here’s to a speedy close and a quick return home to you again when Mam will be quartermaster Sgt and Mailys Sgt. Major. I will obey orders alright after long practice at the job. I must now draw to a close with best love and best wishes to you all.


I am

Your loving Son



Romania entered the war in an attempt to seize Transylvania, a region with significant Romanian population, from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Despite initial successes, the Romanian forces (aided by Russia) suffered several setbacks, and by the end of 1916 only Moldavia remained under Allied control. After several defensive victories in 1917, with Russia’s withdrawal from the war following the October Revolution, Romania, almost completely surrounded by the Central Powers, was also forced to drop out of the war; it signed the Treaty of Bucharest with the Central Powers in May 1918. On 10 November 1918, just one day before the German armistice and after all the other Central Powers had already capitulated, Romania re-entered the war. By then, about 220,000 Romanian soldiers had been killed, about 6% of total Entente military deaths.

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