Friday, February 26, 1915

SOCKS for the Shropshires – Four parcels have been despatched from Wyle Cop Girls’ School, Shrewsbury, to the Shropshires at the front, and one girl received the following letter from one of the recipients: W coy, 2nd Shropshires. “Dear Little Friend – Thank you very much for the parcel which we received from you. The contents were very much appreciated by the men who were fortunate enough to receive them, as they are comforts which are most useful. Although not a Shrewsbury man myself, I have lived in the county all my life, and I am very pleased to find that the Shropshire people, both young and old, are trying to do their best to assist Tommy to fight not only the Germans, but this bitter weather. However, the weather is beginning to get a bit better and I think there are brighter days in store for us. Yours faithfully, L.-Sergt. B. Evans”.

ANOTHER big batch of wounded soldiers arrived at Shrewsbury by hospital train on Tuesday evening. There were 150 cases – 51 medical and 99 surgical. Major Kynaston and his staff superintended the removal of the patients from the train, which was carried out by the R.A.M.C., a party from the K.S.L.I. Depot Copthorne, and the local St. John Ambulance men and V.A.D. assisted by Chief-Constable Baxter and other members of the local police force. The excellence of the arrangements may be judged from the fact that the train was cleared in half the time occupied when the first train of wounded came to Shrewsbury. The men came from various regiments. There was a considerable number of cases of frost-bite. Most of the men were very cheerful and content with the idea of going back provided the weather takes up. The prevailing idea among them is that as soon as the ground gets hard and our artillery can be brought up to smash the trenches, the Germans will quickly be forced back.

Compiled by Dave Jones, supplied courtesy of the Shrewsbury Chronicle