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:—

"I am still quite well, and am at present billeted at a farm probably six or seven kilometres from our part of the firing line . We do four days in the trenches at a spell . At night-time we do sentry go, and between our hours of duty we improve or repair the trenches as may be required, filling sandbags, putting boards and bricks in the bottom for walking on, cutting drains to run off the water, or putting out barbed wire . We have also small hand pumps to contend with the water.

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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