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A small piece appeared in the Express & Star on 31 August 1914. It described a letter received by a Mr and Mrs Turner of 35 Red Cross Street, from their son, Private W. Turner, of the 4th Infantry Brigade. The letter stated as follows:

The people don’t half make a fuss of us out here. We can get anything we like to ask for except money. Send me some tobacco, as we cannot get none out here. I have started smoking a pipe, so don’t forget to send some.

Without any further details, in particular the first name or military details of the soldier concerned, I have been unable to track down any further information on this man, and what happened to him. However, it does give a bit of an insight into daily life for the men at the Front during this period.

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