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Messines letter

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Otago and Southland snipers, somewhere in France. Back row: N. Hardwick, W. Holdway, McIntyre, Logan, Rutherford, Bird, Frenge, Martin. Second row: D. Henry, Bulkey, Davies, Williamson, Arenas. Front row: A. Robinson, F. W. Hamill, S. Millar, Rodes. Some of these men have been killed or wounded. Some have been on active service for 30 months, mostly in lonely, nerve-trying positions, where discovery would mean instant death. - Otago Witness, 12.9.1917.

A Dunedin soldier, who was well known as a front-ranker with the Union Football Club a decade and a half ago, and who has been in the thick of the fighting at Gallipoli and France, writes in plain language, without any literary adornments, of his experiences in the Messines battle.

The letter is dated June 26.

''We have been having a very hard time of it this last month. You will know all about it from the papers by this time. I do not think it was as hard as the Somme, but it was bad enough. The old Hun got........

© Otago Daily Times