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-----Comforts for Fighters.


Comforts for Fighters. THE RECENT FIGHTING. Appended are extracts from letters re- ceived by R.S.M. Fear from Aberystwyth men on active service abroad:— Private J. Parry writes—Just a line to let you know that I am wounded and in hospital. I wanted to thank you and the kind Aber. friends for the parcels of cigar- ettes which I received while in France. Lieut. Oswald Green was wounded two days before me and afterwards died .in hospital. I felt it very much, as he was a good friend to me. All the Aber boys were quite well when I saw them. I was speak- ing to B"air before going over and after- wards I do not know what happened. To tell the truth I do not know to this day how I got back myself. Private D. A. Hughes writes that he met little Jack Parry after he had been wounded. He was laughing and quite happy. The letter adds— H hen we lost Lieut. Green we lost one of our best officers. Everybody idolised him. One night we were holding a position that had only been taken in the morning. We were sixteen and had just been relieved. We were taking a little rest in the trench when a German shell came over and exploded in the midst of us and wounded 14. A sergeant and myself were the only two to escape untouched. God only knows how we escaped. When Mr. Green heard of it he came up on the double and at once com- menced bandaging them. In no time we had them all bandaged, and while they were waiting to be taken out Mr. Green was telling them funny yarns and keeping them laughing. I knew for certain that at the time they were suffering agonies. Poor fellow, next morning he had it him- self. When the news came that Lreut. Green had been wounded, everybody seemed to be struck dumb, and I saw many a tear. We are out now on a few days rest; but are soon going back into the fray again. Blair has also been slightly wounded in the head. Private E. Worthington writes—I thank you and kind Aber. friends for the parcel of cigs., which We need very much now to keep us right to drive the Huns back to their own country, which we hope will not be long. We have lost one of the best again, Oswald Green. He was well liked by everyone and greatliy missed by us Aber. boys. Corporal i). M. Edwards writes-Once again I have the pleasure of asking you to convey to Aber. friends my sincerest thanks for the welcome parcel. I was ex- ceedingly sorry to read that your son had been wounded in the recent fighting. My sincerest wish is that his condition is not serious, that his recovery will be speedy, and his stay in England long. I have come through unscathed, so far at any rate, and in the last few weeks have done a good deal of travelling. For some time I was billeted in v. large town which is more or less surrounded by Germans, so that every movement made in the town was known to them. Consequently, we were only allowed out after dark. When the Germans got annoyed, we were forced to spend the time in cellars and such like places. Nevertheless, I managed to have a look round, the ruins of the once magni. fieent town hall, railway station, and cathedral. At present my biLet is situ- ated in a much more restful and healthy part of the country. Driver J. Morris writes-I think myse'f lucky to be on your list to have such fine gifts so often and wish to thank you and all friends. I wonder how you manage so well—500 is, indeed, a very large family, and it must take a strong, steady brain to keep the wheel going round. I read with great regret that your son had been wounded. I can safely say that he has good grit in him by what you have done to comfort us. Private Harry Hopkins writes—It is really good of you to send these parcels. I am sure al of us feel grateful to you. I saw Bert Pateman the other day. We only had time for a couple of words. I have not met any of the others for months. At one time there were six of us Aber. boys within a few miles, and we use to pass each other frequently on the roads, as my work as dispatch rider took me about a great deal. We have had exciting times lately. I have been doing advanced work as near as it was possible to get. While waiting for my messages I helped to carry the wounded on stretchers. It is not nice to hear the whizz followed by the splitting burst of the sheLs when one is carrying a man on a stretcher; but at times like these everyone does hts best. I am proud to be out among the men. They are all men in the strictest sense of the word. Private Tom Pickering, who is on a hospital staff at Le Havre, sends a photo- graph of himself and companions who help to smoke the fags. Driver F. H. Jones of the Cardigan Battery, writes-The boys are unanimous that it is little short of marvellous on the Aber. people's part to have supported the comforts fund so unfailingly. I am sure the "ads will never forget your efforts on their behalf. Gunner A. Jeremy. of the Battery, also wrote a grateful acknowledg. ment. Acknowledgments have also been received from Privates Rhys S. Ellis, Stanley Jones (of the Canadians), R. Davies, Tom Evans, J. S. Humphreys, Bugler George Jenkins. Drummer Hughie Humphreys, Sapper Arthor Potts, Seamen Morris Hughes, T. Brodigan. R.S.M. Fear acknowledges the following contributions. Mr F. R,. Roberts, solicitor (6th con.), 10s; Mr Vaughan Rees, Lu and P. Bank, Millhill, London, 5s; Mr. Rd- Morgan, Bridge-street (5th con.), 2s 6d.- Friend, 2s. 6d.; Mr Teviotdale's tearooms (5th con.), 19s. 6d.; Special Constabulary Drill Class (56th con.), 7s. 4d; "Cambrian News" employees (39th con.), 4s. 6d: Cor- 5oration employees (25th con.), 4s. 6d. Mr ames, Tanyard employees (8th con.), 3a 6d; Electric Works employees (26th con.), 28. 9d: Mr Tevotdale's employees (37th 80n.), 2s. 3d.; Gas Company employees (24th I con.), Is. 3d.: Laundry employees (36th con.), Is. The amount previously ack- nowledged was £ 287 2s. 3d., making a total of t290 8s. lid. Twenty-two parcels have been sent this week at a cost of L3 12s. 4d. Contributions for the week total JE5 6s. 7jd. R.S.M. Fear also ack- nowledges the 200 letter cards, making a total of 2,000 given by Mr R. Vaughan, North-parade; tiekets for the National Eis- teddfod (1865) have been given by Mrs. W. J. Dudlyke, Northgate-street, and will be sold for the benefit of the fund. A hand- some hand-made occasional table cover, kindly given by Miss S. Olapperton, Terrace-road, and hand-worked crochet lace for tablecloth, kindly siven by Miss Lizzie Thomas, Portland-road, are also offered for sale. As there is an increasing demand for contributors to the fund, sub- stantial offers for the purchase of the articles will be welcomed. t

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