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Wounded in Palestine. ——.—— t CHEERY LETTER FROM A LLANELLY SOLDIER. "I'm in hospital with a slight wound in my left leg-a little beauty of a wound which hasn't done any harm as it is in the fleshy part," writes Pte. Arthur H. Palmer, of the 24th Welsh Regiment, to his father, Mr. G. Palmer, dairy pro- duce dealer, Murray street, from a hospital in Alexandria. Judging by the cheery tone of the young soldier's letter all things are lovely if they are only looked at from certain standpoints, not excluding wounds even. "I suppose," writes Pte. Palmer, "you have seen the news of the fights we've had in Palestine and of the success that has attended our efforts. I went through the first battle for Beersheba; the manner in which our lads drove the Turks back was positively great. Subsequent to our taking their trenches the Turks fought desperately with the view of regaining them, but the British 'Tommies' were too good a match for them. I also went through the second battle, and just as I was thinking the job was over I got wounded. The second fight was infinitely better than the first as we had to fight a jolly sight harder, every inch of the ground being contested from start to finish. When we had- driven the enemy back about three miles, he resorted to a counter-attack with a -Division of fresh troops whom we fought a good time before retiring a little, after which we resumed the attack, but our energy was flagging when the cavalry dashed up to re-inforce us, and my God, dad, we needed the reinforce- ment as we were only about a dozen and a half left fighting where the counter at- tack was made. You can imagine how we had to fight, but never mind, Dad, we did the trick, and it was mainly through our efforts that Gaza was taken on the left. Sad to relate though, as the result of these two battles nearly all our Bat- talion has been wiped out, and the other Regiments as well who participated in it have sustained some nasty knocks. It is consoling to think that the Turks suffered in casualties three or four times as much as we did without taking into account the prisoners we captured on the whole front. I know the prisoners numbered far more than the number reported. I am right by the hospital that Harry is in. and I sent him a note this morning telling him I am here. and asking him to come and see me." It now transpires that Pte. Palmer without being conscious of the fact, was fighting in a trench not far dis- tant from his brother, Sergt. Harry Palmer, who after having been in hospi- tal at A lexandria had rejoined his Regiment without acquainting Private Palmer of the fact.


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