Extract from ‘Notes For A Parish History’ (ERO T/P 188/3) written by Revd. E. H. L Reeve of Stondon Massey (Essex).
8th August 1918
William Chantry, brother of Albert, has been at the Front in France and is home on short leave. Like many more, he is tired of the war and regrets that individuals of the Allied Nations and Central Powers must hammer at each other indefinitely. The American troops are all fresh men of from 21 to 28 years of age, in the best of health and spirits. Little wonder that they can get the advantage of the war-weary forces of the Kaiser!
Chantry was serving with the engineers attached to the Artillery, and he tells me how 47 guns out of 48 in his section were silenced and taken.
The quality of bread is improving, the crisis being over probably as regards food-stuffs.
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