Feature Letter of November 24th, 2017
Cox, Bertram Howard
At the lines (wagon lines), we always have a bath. We hand in our dirty underwear at the bathe and get clean stuff. Heaven help the poor fellow that gets the ones I handed in last time. I could easily have picked 300 lice off of it. 'Lousey' is no name for me. Nearly everyone has them from the dug outs. So just fancy if I came to see you now. You would have to put me on the floor, as I could never sleep in one of your beds if you ever wanted to use it again!!
She's a terrible war isn't she? But we all look on the humorous side of things if even it's a stiff being buried. There's a big burying ground right next to our Battery position and we see it getting filled up every day. They dig 6ft wide trenches and fill them in according as a body is put in.
I had a great experience on Nov.12th , when I was detailed for a working party to the 2nd line trenches. We were shot at by machine guns, gassed , the mud is indescribable and it was pitch dark.