Major, W.A. Murray, Royal Horse Artillery

Letter to his sister, Claudine.


16th June, 1915.

My dear Claudine,

I am writing this in the middle of a battle*. We started bombarding at 3 am this morning, and at 4.15, the Infantry (which included the Northumbrian folk) went in, and took a lot of German trenches. They are at this moment held up on the right, but we are expecting every moment to hear they have got through and established the whole line. The Germans were not prepared and made a poor show, but they are waking up now, and we are beginning to feel the effects of their wrath, and moreover, the wind is blowing lightly in our faces, and we are expecting to get a dose of gas, but our new helmets are proof against it, I believe.

At the same time the 1st Army has gone through further South, and I hear they have the Germans on the run. I hope it is true. At all events we have given them a busy day. I am off to get a little sleep, as things are quiet at the moment, and I was up all last night and will be again tonight.

 Goodbye, and love Bill

 Major, W.A. Murray survived the war and was decorated with CMG, DSO Croix de Guerre

 By kind permission of A. Whitworth