"I am sorry to hear you have been having a crook spin with the children and poor old Una nearly passed her ticker. Well Old thing, you will soon have the old man home now both in fact but Wata will race me home I think. What a time will all have."
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"A bird, a rat and an octopus went for a boat trip..."
"...Carelessness and greed and indifference let the epidemic in here and then they all worked like heros to cope with it..."
"...I should like to meet you and discuss all these things, but don’t build on finding a very scientific individual..."
[P]lease remember I am one of the most despised outcasts, the most despised outcasts in Samoa, a private soldier, spurned by all the white people, especially the newcomers who are holding good jobs because we hold the island, looked down upon by the half casts, who probably can hardly read and write, and sponged upon by the natives.
I had a request from Private D Higgins to send you some particulars about Samoa – its caves, stone implements and the old war canoes. He had lately come in from the back and thought that I could answer your letter better than he, as I have been interested in stone implements and prehistoric work in England. I have not yet seen the letter with the details that you require, but for love of the thing I will send every mail..."
Starting Thursday 1 October 2015, Window Into WW1 will be featuring a series of letters from local soldiers. From the Western Front to German Samoa, these letters give a lifelike impression of what life was really like in the thick of it.