Item 03: Walter Bruce Rainsford diary, 1 January 1916-31 December 1916 - Page 35
Sunday 16th April:- I have been lucky enough to make the acquaintance of a very nice French family living quite near the camp in Vieille Chapelle. In the family are the father & mother, 3 sons & 3 daughters. The father is a Lieut. Col. in the French Army and is supposed to be at Soisson; one of the sons is at Verdun, and the other one is missing while the 3rd & youngest son (aged 13) is at home. There was another son but he fell earlier in the war. One of the daughters is married – her husband is also fighting. Does not this show one the seriousness of the war & the vital importance of winning it, is to France.
We have had a peculiar combination of weathers since arrival – one day fine, 3 wet, 3 fine, & then the last 5 as windy as could be – a cold, strong wind blowing off the ocean.