Harrogate Herald - 1st December 1915
Fred Harwood, taking a very cheery view of things in Flanders,
November 22nd 1915. I'm sat in my "Little grey home in the
West", writing this - a dug-out built of sandbags, six feet
square and about three feet six inches high; situated in the front
line trenches about 100 yards or less from the German lines. The
weather is cold and frosty, and much preferable to rain. I've just
finished a dinner of good hot "mulligan" and now feel fit
for anything. When one thinks of it, it is really wonderful how we
get fresh meat and bread up to the front line trenches every night.
There is nothing to grumble at in the way of food. I saw Corporal
Haigh a while ago; he was looking well. It was very sad about
Neil McMillan, wasn't it? Wilf, Haigh and Neil and I went to
school together at Starbeck, and were all in the Canadian Forces.
There's not much news, so I'll close. Thanking you for the paper,
which I receive regularly every week. It's great to get the
Harrogate news and even the lads from other towns appreciate the
paper. Hoping you are well; I'm A1. Wishing your paper every
success, which it justly deserves.