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Private Tom Oldfield


Harrogate Herald - 29th December 1915


Gallipoli, September 26th, 1915

I have been here three weeks now and have got quite used to it. When we go in or come out of the trenches it just seems like a stream of men going to or coming from work; just carried on in the same old way day after day. I don't know how long it will last. I suppose some of these days there will be a big bust-up. I have just come out of one lot of trenches into another after doing 48 hours; 48 hours to do here, and then go back to the same for 48 hours.; so that will be six days on end. I have just come of post, so though I would let you have a line. I have just had a Dixie of rice, and a good read of the papers, for which I must not forget to thank you. I went down to the beach last week for a swim, but we have to look out for snipers and shrapnel. When we got in it was a relief, as I have not had a decent wash for three weeks, and have not had a shave yet. The cigarettes you sent were A1. I have just finished them. We get tobacco issued to us, and we are very thankful for what we do get. I am going to send Mr Breare a postcard.

Your loving brother, Tom.


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