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5th October 1915: Trench Rats! World War One letter
This letter describes life in the trenches and Lemnos Island
5th October 1915
Lemnos, a Greek Island
I received a parcel from you containing a cake and other things – they were greatly appreciated I can assure you, especially the cigars. I also received yesterday a letter dated 13/8/15 but have not got as yet the cable you mentioned.
I am quite well at present and have been very lucky up to date. The skin waistcoat you mention will come in very handy if I get it. So many things go astray coming here. It is very cold in the trenches at night especially about four o’clock in the morning.
Do you think you could send some insecticide or disinfectant of some sort? Our trenches are all captured from the Turks and are swarming with vermin. It is impossible to keep them out of our clothes and blankets.
Every morning the boys take off their shirts and have a kill. Raiding their shirts they call it. It is very amusing to see them, sometimes they bet each other also who will kill the most.
The Turks are good fighters, all the fighting is done at nighttime and very early morning. I got one the other morning about day break.
We are at present having a spell on the island of Lemnos, the capital town Castro is too far away to visit but there are some small villages close by which we visit and buy things, the prices of course are very high, exorbitant in fact. Eggs are six for a shilling, butter cannot be got, tinned fruit is two shillings a tin, the cheapest things are grapes. We get about three and a half pounds for sixpence.
I am enclosing a few photos and some stamps for Harold. I hope you got my photo which I sent to you before I came here. I also trust you have sent that ring to my friend. I would like her to get it.
Now mother dear, I am quite alright and think I will get through this all right so don’t worry about me. You may be sure that if you are getting my money all right, I am all right too. I am very sorry indeed to hear of Mrs Norton’s death, it must be a great blow to her family. I would like you to express my sympathy for me if possible. I don’t care about writing as I may not do it right.
Thank Mary for me for those nice handkerchiefs and card she sent me. I must now conclude with best love to all at home and yourself.
I remain your loving son,
For easier navigation I have listed each letter in chronological order:
- Rediscovering my great grandfather, Reginald Trevor: Letters home from World War 1
5th October 1915: Trench Rats! World War One letter (current page)
- 3rd Dec 1916: WW1 Letter: Life in Perham Downs camp - England
- 18th April 1917: WW1 Letter: Stretcher bearers, ships and shell shock
- 14th Oct 1917: WW1 letter: The tedium of 'home service' in England
- 22 Oct 1917: Wounded in the Battle of Pozières - the Somme: WW1 Letter home
For background information about Reginald Trevor, please click here.