convoy. We advanced across some fields with fixed bayonets, but the Uhlans did not wait to try conclusions with us. That night we got our first mail, which lightened our hearts a bit. The same old game in the morning - tramp, tramp, tramp; but we rested for a few hours in close proximity to an orchard, where we made short work of tomatoes, apples and pears. That night I spent on outpost, cutting down trees and putting carts, etc., across the road to form obstacles, while the French Cuirassiers patrolled the roads all round. The next day we had a long march, and entered Lagny, passing trenches and guns all set ready for defence. These heartened us a bit, for it had been explained to us that we were on a strategical retirement, and we were anxious for the turning point. We marched through the town and camped in a field, and did not move off till the next night, when we went on a few miles and camped again in an orchard. Our stay there was brief, for we were off again at 2.30 a.m. and advanced, I should say, about 15 miles. We came back the next day, passing near Lagny, and after some reconnoitering  and outpost work we camped again. Another good march the next day. At one point we were  10 kilometres from Columiers. We were having a rest when a hostile aeroplane passed over, and shortly after some shells came over. We spent that night on outpost duty, and I think that finished the retirement, so I will close now and continue in another letter. 

Yours very truly,
ALEXANDER ARNOT.

P.S.- Many little incidents I have missed out for want of time. There are quite a lot of Coatbridge and Airdrie fellows with us. One you may recollect in prep. Mining class, David Sinclair, was wounded in the throat, and will now be at home. My stretcher chum at present is Isaac Sefton, from Coatdyke. In the Glasgow “Evening Times” of 17th November appears a letter from one of our officers giving a description of our trenches and trench life.

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