Report from the Front: The Great War diary of Jack Halstead

Moved to tents. Amused by a preacher in a YMCA or Salvation Army hut converting some of the young soldiers. Mere boys being drafted to some regiment in the line. Many of them had perhaps only experienced a few weeks of Army life. These lads were awfully c

Moved to tents. Amused by a preacher in a YMCA or Salvation Army hut converting some of the young soldiers.

Mere boys being drafted to some regiment in the line.

Many of them had perhaps only experienced a few weeks of Army life.

These lads were awfully curious as to what they were going to. A little group put many questions to me. One couldn't help feeling sorry for them.


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Off to the line again and not sorry except we were bound for the Ypres salient.

Most of us had been there before.

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A five-hour march with full kit. Entrained at 4pm and our first exploit was to raid a wagon filled with apples.

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