Letters from the Great War: “Believe me, I’ve seen enough of France”

Uplyme, Devon, England, July 6th, 1917 (Letter #26) 

Dear Brother;

Just a few lines to let you know I am getting along fine. I am leaving hospital one week from today and going on sick leave. I don’t know how long they will give me but I will be at our depot for a while before I go back, God only knows what regiment I will get back to. They can send me to any Battalion now after coming out of hospital. I am going to try to get out of the infantry, as I can’t do any more marching. The doctor told me I would always have a bad knee.

Well, this is a lovely place here but is awful lonesome here for me. I could stay another month if I wanted to. We get plenty of good grub and we have to be in bed at 8 o’clock. The girls are very scarce around here. I will have to get out. I am going to London from here for a few days and then to Manchester.

Well, I don’t know when this war is going to be over. I am damn well fed up with it, but I suppose I will have to go back again soon to France and, believe me, I have seen enough of France. There are too many iron foundries flying through the air to suit me.

Well, I have no news so will have to come to a close for this time. Give my love and best regards to Flo, Sam and kids, Mary and Teddy and all. Don’t write until I can give you an address, so I can get your letters.

Goodby with love and best wishes, from your brother, Lee


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  1. Jon Darrah on November 5, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Good morning Vivian, Thank you for continuing to share Uncle Lee’s letters with me. I didn’t realize what a tough time he had in France. It is interesting to me how he was treated by a doctor whose surname was Darrach since Darrach is not a name that you see very often. Today is election day. The constant bombardment of advertising and character assassination has become down right tiresome. We have managed to set up our main telephone number in such a way that the answering machine kicks after only one ring. It will be interesting to see the results. Hope all is well with you. Jon

  2. Jeannie Beer on November 5, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    I continue to follow PEI soldier Lee Darrach in the “Great War” through his letters sent from the battle field. So surprised some of his comments weren’t censored. These letters should be printed and bound and given to our high schools where the present generation can get a real understanding of why we celebrate our fallen “Lest we forget”.

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