Thursday 15 December 2016

Baths and New Underwear

Friday 15th December 1916: From our Correspondent in the Field

The adjutant of the 8th Battalion, Bedfordshire Regiment, now out of the front line told me that the men have had baths today and been allowed to change their underclothing. The baths are communal and taken in water tanks, partially filled and, at this time of the year, bitterly cold, so any thoughts of luxuriating in steaming water should be out out of the reader’s mind! More welcome will be the change of underwear which, as one can imagine, is itchy, dirty and smelly after some weeks without change.

Source: X550/9/1

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