Letter: Lce. Cpl. J. Jones 16th R.W.F. France, to his brother and sister [in law]

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LETTER: Lce. Cpl. J. Jones 16th R.W.F. France, to his brother and sister [in law]. He says that by the time they receive his letter they will have seen Dobson who will have given them an account of trench life. They made a bombing raid on the German trenches the day before Dobson left which was very successful. The Germans squealed like mice caught in a trap. Simon Phillips from Glynceiriog was killed by the Germans. In the trenches you never know when you could be blown up to smitherines. When a mine is exploded they scramble for the crater, which is a huge hole in the ground that is left after the explosion. They also use rifle grenades which are small bombs thrown from a rifle. He explains what 'trench mortars' mean - they dread these more than shells, they could blow a man to atoms. They have been out there for six months and have been on every noted battlefield of France. He describes 'one character' in their platoon - a theological student from Aberystwyth who in the writer's opinion was never born to be a soldier and is as dull as a stone and makes dreadful mistakes. The writer hopes to be home on leave soon.

NOTE: P.C. No 10 John Jones Anglesey Constabulary was the son of the writer of this letter.

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