COATBRIDGE SOLDIER’S GRAPHIC
The following letter, though not intended for publication, gives such an interesting and graphic description of a Coatbridge soldier's experiences that Principal Murdoch of the Technical School, to whom it was addressed, has very kindly passed it on to us with permission to print it. The writer is well known to a wide circle of acquaintances in Coatbridge and Airdrie, and it will be noticed that he has many ''chums" at the front from the Monklands, two of whom he mentions by name.
'Dear Sir, - I was very pleased to receive your parcel, for which I return sincere thanks, and the cardigan is now doing duty by keeping me warm and cosy during a spell of very severe frost.
|I am still keeping all right, and thanking my lucky star that I have so far escaped being hit by any of the little presents which our "friends" the enemy send over very liberally. I purpose in the following lines to give you a description of what has happened to us, hoping it may prove interesting, though as I have not kept a diary it may appear a bit disjointed.
Belonging to Section D of the Army Reserve, I was called up by the mobilisation orders to Fort-George, where 1 was fitted out and equipped, and then proceeded to Shorncliffe. We then had a fortnight's very hard training, seeing a good bit of England in the course of it - York, Darlington, Strensall Camp, and Harrow. The battalion left Harrow on Friday night, 21st August, and embarked at Southampton on Saturday morning, the transport "Lake Michigan" moving off at 10.30 a.m. We anchored off Boulogne the same night after an uneventful voyage, and moving in and