Inside the First World War brings you the poignant letters sent home by soldiers 1: Stephen appears to join his battalion during the Second Battle of Ypres. The postcards from Rouen may have been his last. His is one of the 58, names listed as missing in the Ypres Salient.
The following letters are from Lloyd Maywood Staley my grandfather to his sweetheart Mary Beatrice Gray my grandmother, of course! They were all written during World War One. Here is Lloyd just before the war in his college football picture.
Lloyd proudly wears his army uniform. I am sitting inside our little old tent listening to the gentle patter of the raindrops on the canvas. It began raining here this morning and it is still at it.
No drill today, so I will have time to write a letter or two. We got into the city all O. They have mess in the armory. We have to march back and forth to eat. Eats are pretty good so far as they have some women helping with the cooking. Set up camp in the afternoon. Shoemaker has been Acting Corporal in our squad.
We got the tent up all right under the direction of one of the old heads who has seen service on the border. Some equipment was issued in the afternoon. As my name is down well in the list, I have not received anything yet in my own name. Corporal Hilton is staying in town so he let me have his stuff.
Got pack, gun, poncho, and numerous other things I don't know what are used for. Slept on the ground last night in a tent with just an even dozen in it. Some of the fellows are staying in town at hotels, rooming houses, and private houses. Taken altogether, things are in rather poor shape as yet, but I suppose it takes a little time to get around.
A few of the bunch act like a bunch of bums instead of soldiers, but they will get that taken out of them when they get to a real camp. They got Parker Melliush for kitchen duty the first thing. Walter Anthony was stuck for guard duty last night. It must be fine walking up and down in front of a row of tents watching the other fellows sleep.
One thing they did do, everybody had to quiet down at ten-thirty last night. We had a good entertainment before lights out. We had a light, too, as some of the bunch got hold of a lantern.
A fellow in our squad by the name of Donald gets off some pretty good comedy -- original stuff, too.
He is a rather rough nut, but not as bad as some of this crowd. There was some crowd at the station yesterday, wasn't there?
I think I shook hands with everybody in town three or four times. Not a very pleasant task under the circumstances, either. Well, I got so much company in here that I can't think straight.
This is rather a poor excuse of a letter, but I will write again soon. With best of love to my own little girl, Lloyd S. There is a seven month interval between letters at this point. It is assumed that Lloyd continued to write to Mary during this time, but the letters were not preserved in this collection.
Lloyd recounts this period of time in his memoirs: Our company of raw recruits stayed at Garnett all of August and most of September until our training camp at Camp DoniphanLawton, Oklahoma. Company K left Garnett for our training area on September 30, I spent the winter of in camp at this Oklahoma cantonment.
We lived in tents which had wood floors. They were heated by small conical stoves set in the center of the tent. The stovepipe went through the peak and there was no spark arrestor.~The following letter is not an authentic letter from a soldier, but a letter I wrote myself from a soldier's perspective that describes what the ANZAC's went through during WWI~.
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The Letters from the Front can only be found in the World War I anomaly. There are 10 of these collectibles in total and they appear as small, glowing document wallets placed atop a various assortment of objects in the environment.
The following letters are from Lloyd Maywood Staley (my grandfather) to his sweetheart Mary Beatrice Gray (my grandmother, of course!). They were all written during World War One.
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