Glaur and Glory
In the course of a further letter to Principal Murdoch of Coatbridge Technical school, Private A . Arnot, of the 2nd Seaforth Highlanders, gives an account of a soldier’s daily life in the trenches, which is chiefly remarkable for its cheerfulness — under difficulties . He says:—
| Sometimes we are put on listening patrol near the German lines, at points where they could come up without being seen . We have had very wet weather here, and as the soil is very soft the trenches are at times very uncomfortable . At some low-lying parts, indeed, they are completely flooded, and it has been found necessary to evacuate them and put up breastworks . We are always glad when our time comes to get to the billet to get a wash and to scrape off the clay from our clothing.
"There is not much doing in the way of fighting . Sniping goes on intermittently, and bullets come past with a vicious 'ping', sometimes too close to be pleasant — when we say a prayer in a soldier's way for the Allemand . During the day they generally throw away some ammunition in the shell line . We .have been very lucky so far, but some of their shells have done .serious damage to some poor fellows . Of course, our artillery gives them a
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