Letters from John Hector Croft to his family, 1915

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First World War, 1914–18
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from No2 General Hospital The Voung Men's Christian Association ea WITH m Battemmmm . Coys H.M. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Egypt. (B) Gehezirck Palace Cairo. Egypt. th July 8 1915 Dear Charles. I have just received you letter today; gim brought to me, it is the first letter I have had since I first landed in Egypt, it was in a very battered been state huvings following me about for a long time, it was marked missing so that accounts for the rest of my mail going astray. On the day you wrote yours we went into action and got a buillst through the arm severn hourr after luning it was only a small wound but is cut the sincurs, and my hand has been very near useless ever since, it will be 11 week on Sunday since we laned, but I have not been in hospital all the time. when my arm healed up I went to Zeitoun training camp but I could not do any drill and very near got sent back to Hustrulia, but I managed to get sent in to this hospital as I had to undergo an operation but I am allight now, I have been in bed for 10 days so I shall soon be getting up and going to a convalesent home for a spett and then back to the trinches. Well w had a pretty lively time when we rushed a landing on the 25 of April, it is a day I shall never forget, on the night before we lay down on the decks as usual & if the live would lets us, (you must we were all to go to shep ORI
The Young Men’s Christian Association F WITH tCo H.M. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Egypt. £ very lon lousy) we were pulled out of bed about 4 oclock in the morning it was very darck but we had to roll up our blankets and get some tucker into us and be ready to go as hor, just as it started to get. day light the Turck started to bombard our ship with shrapnel and big shells and our battleships started too it was a great sight while we were on the ship to see the warter fly up when the shells droped into the bay We had get off our boat onto a to distroyer and she were for the shore like the wind with shills dropping abround i thin the waiter got to shallow to go any closer, so we thirt to get i rowing boats and all the time the distroyer was rucing about like a mad dog so as the Turks could not get our range. Yur first boat tried to row as hore but they bank her, 5o a pinnace took about 6 bo ats in tow and away we went again full rip, when she got about 20 yards from the back she cut us adrift and sheered out to sea while we whent racing into the beack like a breaker but my boat bunped a rock and we had to waite as hore us best we could, a lot of men got wounded before they got out of the boats, as soon as we were on shore we ran up the cliffs to the firing line and got busy. We had no shilter or artilary to proteck us so the Turks warmed us up a bit, at first their shrapnel went screaching over our heads but they soon got it onto us and chopped us up very bad, a shall fell in front of me about 6 yards away, but
The Young Men's Christian Association FtM WITH o H.M. Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Egypt it, faibed to explods and I was very thankful, then one tust right over my head the concussion driving my nose into to the ground and a shig hitting me on the sholder but it did no damage, spicked it up (it was pretty hot) and show it to a luitanant who was along- side of me. while he was looking at it he got shot through - the shoulder, I just had time to say poor b when I got one through the arm, it was terrible men were groaning everywhere but we had to lay fou till the machins-gun stopped firing then cut back over the hill to the beuck with suipers potting at us all the way. I am glad to hear that you are working again I heard that you were in the hospital again, I suppose things are prettyslack in Bulle a present. Remember me to Uack and iunt and cousins tell them I hope to see to see them before very long. I will now draw this scrible to a close wishing you good health and hoping to hear from you shortlg Yours Sincerly 3 JH Croft 5 Note only addresss No. 2843 Pte. Croft C. Company 3rd Batt. A.J.F. Cano. Egyp
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The young Men's Christian Association

WITH 

H.M.Mediterranean Expeditionary Force in Egypt      

From..No.2 General Hospital   

3rd Batt. Reg's 6 Coy. 

Gehezirch Palace

Cairo, Egypt.

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July 8th. 1915,

 

Dear Charles.

I have just received you letter today, Jim

brought to me, it is the first letter I have had since

I first landed in Egypt, it was in a very battered

state having been following me about for a long time, it was

marked missing so that accounts for the rest of my mail

going astray. On the day you wrote yours we went into

action and got a bullet through the arm seven hours

after landing, it was only a small wound but it

cut the sineurs, and my hand has been very near useless

ever since, it will be 11 week on Sunday since we

landed, but I have not been in hospital all the time,

when my arm healed up I went to Zeitoum training camp

but I could not do any drill and very near got sent

back to Australia, but I managed to get sent in to 

this hospital as I had to under go an operation but

I am allright now, I have been in bed for 18 days so I

shall soon be getting up and around going to a convalesent 

home for a spell and then back to the trenches.

Well we had a pretty lively time when we rushed a 

landing on the 25 of April, it is a day I shall never

forget, on the night before we lay down on the decks as 

usual to go to sleep if the lice would lets us, (you must we were all

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very lousy  lousy) we were pulled out of bed about

4 oclock in the morning it was very darck but we

had to roll up our blankets and get some tucker into

us and be ready to go ashore, Just as it started to get.

day light the Turck started to bombard our ships with

shrapnel and big shells and our battleships started too

it was a great sight while we were on the ship to see

the water fly up when the shells droped into the bay.

We had get off our boat onto a to distroyer and she went

for the shore like the wind with shells dropping alround

us, then the water got to shallow to go any closer, so we

had to get in rowing boats and all the time the distroyer

was racing about like a mad dog so as the Turks could not

get our range. Our first boat tried to row ashore but they

sank her, so a pinnace took about 6 boats in tow and

away we went again full rip, when she got about 20 yards

from the beach she cut us adrift and sheered out to sea

while we whent racing into the beach like a breaker

but my boat bumped a rock and we had to wade ashore

as best we could, a lot of men got wounded before they got

out of the boats, as soon as we were on shore we ran up the 

cliffs to the firing line and got busy. We had no shelter or

artilary to proteck us so the Turks warmed us up a bit. at

first their shrapnel went screaching over our heads

but they soon got it onto us and chopped us up very

bad, a shell fell in front of me about 6 yards away, but

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it failed to explode and I was thankful, then one

burst right over my head the concussion driving my

nose into the ground and a slug hitting me on the 

shoulder but it did no damage, I picked it up ( it was

pretty hot) and show it to a leiutanant who was along-

side of me. while he was looking at it he got shot through 

the shoulder, I just had time to  say poor b___ when I 

got one through the arm, it was terrible men were

groaning everywhere but we had to lay low till the

machine-gun stopped firing then cut back over the hill to

the beach with snipers potting at us all the way.

I am glad to hear that you are working again I heard,

that you were in the hospital again, I suppose things

are pretty slack in Bulli a present. Remember me to 

Uncle and Aunt and cousins tell them I hope to see

to see them before very long. I will now draw this scribble 

to a close wishing you good health and hoping to hear

from you shortly 

Yours Sincerly

J. H Croft

Note only address

No.2843 Pte Croft

C. Company 3rd Batt.

A. I. F.

Cario. Egypt

P.S. Jim Pankhurst is

doing alright he has

had a cold bit is

now better and ready

for work again

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PYRAMIDES DE GUIZEN

Resier S

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UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE

EGYPTE                                                   

CARTE POSTALE

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Tous les pays elrangers n acceptent pas la corrrrespondance as recto                                 

Se rensigner a la poste

Partie reservee a la correnpndance 

Addsesse du destinataire                               

 

Dear Charlotte,

I got your note alright but

I suppose you thought I had forgott to

answer it. I didn't forget you. but will

write when we get more time

Tell Athur not to growl about his

work. I only wish I was 

at work instead being here

Yours Sincerly 

J H Croft. 

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