HERROD, C [of Bathley]

Photo:From the Newark Advertiser 23rd June 1915

From the Newark Advertiser 23rd June 1915

Reproduced by permission

Pte, 1st 5th Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry

The newspaper extract left contains a letter From Pte Herrod published on 23rd June, 1915.  The letter transcribed below appeared in the same paper on 9th June 1915:-


Pte C. Herrod of the 1st King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who is with the British Expeditionary Force, in a letter to his sister, Miss W. Herrod, Bathley near Newark, says:-

"We have been in the trenches for ten days, and didn't come out until Sunday night, and we are going in again to-night (Tuesday).  We are getting a bit stiff and no mistake, but we hope to get out for a week on Thursday.

I have come through so far, but Ihave had a narrow escape or two.  We are always in danger, and the more we are in the more the 'game'.

I have wondered how I have got through, but I am very thankful to say I have up to now.

Three of the Welsh Fusiliers spotted a German in the glass, and they made it up to capture him, and so after dark they got round him, and he had two or three days' rations and was well supplied withwater and ammunition etc.  They told me they nearly kicked him into their trench, as he had sniped one or two of their men off during the day.  I would have shot him or anything else in the name of German.

I have got a few souvenirs and I dare say I shall get more if God spares me to come back.  We hear the Italians are doing well, and that we are getting on all right in the Dardanelles.  I think September will just about see it through, and I hope it is over by then"


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