Len: France, at last! But they seem to be in no hurry to get us to the ‘Front’ I’ve heard that we may be off on the train soon – could be 24 hour journey so Charlie says.
Ron: So this is France – no mountains or big hills, just open countryside.
Len: Corporal Chinn, has told us about the long march to the Front. We are stuck in this coal mining area – have been billeted in Les Brebis, it’s full of slag heaps and mining towers. Big offensive about to take place Charlie says.
Ron: We have walked and walked for days, still no sign of arrival. I am carrying a massive haversack, water bottle, trench tool, bayonet, 120 rounds of ammunition and rifle.
Len: When I mentioned Wycliffe to Private Chinn, he said he knew Ron Tratt, who worked with him at Post Office Savings Bank. Says he is in 7th Northants Regiment. I wonder where he is right now?
Ron: Nearly there now. We have all just slept in a make shift tent at Beovry after arriving at 3 in the morning, absolutely shattered.
Len: Looks like action at last!
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