Communication

Communication

A Royal Scots postcard.
Letters from the Front brought both good and bad news.

The Dumfries and Galloway Standard expressed regret that press censorship was depriving people of a knowledge of the gallant deeds which were being performed by individual regiments of our troops who are operating in the field. The paper recognised that it was doubtless unavoidable that only at rare intervals was a particular regiment mentioned in connection with some outstanding achievement, and even then the names of the heroes were learned only after a considerable time had elapsed. The King’s Own Scottish Borderers had suffered in this respect but in several ways, and from various sources, enough had already been communicated to enable local people to see that fresh lustre was being added to that history of past achievements.

Letters from the Front brought both good and bad news, and sometimes unusual requests.

Private William Douglas wrote to say that he was longing for a melodeon, "for the boys are wearying on music, and the nights are long and dreary now. Christmas is coming on, and it will be a pleasure when get it".

Some published letters showed that the 2nd King’s Own Scottish Borderers had again covered themselves with glory in the part they played in the storming of Hill 60.

Regrettably others conveyed bad news often written by officers to parents or wives about the wounding or death of a loved one.

© Alistair McEwen