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This shows a quaint set of buildings

August 22, 1917

Dear Maude

This shows a quaint set of buildings a mixture of cement and wood work that is very old fashioned. The up storys stick out over the bottom like “the old Curiosity Shop” It is plain and its proportions are nice. The French use the same method.

I am sending a card to Amy of one spot yesterday to match a fairly good picture but isn’t so nice as the English buildings. By the way I don’t like the French so may be prejudiced against them.

Love from Stid.

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This is where we have our meals

March 20, 1917
Oxford New College Dining Hall

New College Oxford

20/3/17

Dear Maude

This is where we have our meals. We must put on our best uniforms at dinner time 7 P.M.

The pictures are of different men who were masters here and they are so life like. I have seen men standing with their back to the wall near them and the pictures seemed to stand out almost as far from the wall as the live man.

Love from Stid

Love from Stid

Post Card to Maude from Oxford

Post Card to Maude from Oxford

In the earth like rabbits

November 1, 1916

France, November 1st, ‘16

 

Dear Maude,

May you have a Happy Christmas. Thanks for the letters you send. They help to keep me in touch with home.

I don’t like the climate here – not for outdoor life anyway, and we are practically always out on or in the earth like rabbits. Wood is very scarce. The stuff people burn is pruned from trees each year and is about as big as grapevine clippings. They use coal, too and it’s pretty expensive now. They use little tin can stoves in the middle of their rooms and they keep pretty warm. The people wrap up much more than we do.

Love from Stid

Houses form the banks of canals

April 18, 1916

Armentieres, April 1916

Dear Maude,

There are many places where houses form the banks of canals.  seems every house has bullet marks on it.  Some are smashed to smithereens but they don’t  bother shooting at it now.  the enemy held it for a while.  There are many stories of bad deeds done by them while they were here.

Love from Stid

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Most of the pictures have a camel in them

August 13, 1915

Dear Maude:

Most of the pictures have a camel in them. They are wonderful animals and have a soft foot that is shaped like a cow’s and spreads so as not to sink in the sand. Most of this country is sandy and only for the camel people could not get along nearly so well as they do.

Camels in Egypt

Camels in Egypt

Rest in the shade of Sphinx

July 4, 1915

4 July 1915 near Cairo

Dear Maude

Met some more Lockhart boys had a rest in the shade of Sphinx and a water melon which went well it’s very hot and dry. Nothing but sand grows near the place and it’s only a mile away from the river NILE.

Love from Stid

Postcard from Sphinx

Postcard from Sphinx

I had a trip into the mountains last week

June 24, 1915

Dear Maude:

I had a trip into the mountains last week and saw Auntie Claudia, Grace, Bertha and Fell & Grace and Fell came back to Sydney with me. Next time you hear from me I will probably not be in Australia.

Love from Stid