Bourne medics write home from front

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The cheery spirit of the men in the trenches was a source of wonder to two Bourne men at the front.

Pte Harold Robinson and Pte Stephen Grummitt, who were serving with the Royal Army Medical Corps, expressed their surprise in letters home in 1916.

Pte Robinson was the son of Frank Robinson, of West Street, and Pte Grummitt was the son of John Grummitt, of Willoughby Road.

Writing from “somewhere in France” the men firstly reassured those at home that “although during the past three months we have been under the rough conditions of active service, we are yet always happy”.

They continued: “Our rations are fine. We have always plenty to eat although at the front, we are properly looked after, and are quite content.”

The work the men were doing was being “constantly up the line, bringing down the wounded”.

Their corps did not carry rifles, but the men assured those at home, “for our part, if need be, we should be quite willing to carry one, to help to bring this war to a victorious end”.

One of the letters continued: “It makes our blood boil to see our poor brave men, so badly wounded, yet they are so cheery.

“Indeed, the cheery spirit of the men in the trenches fills one with wonder. They are always happy.”

Another Bourne man, Pte Fred Hinson, son of Jabez Hinson, of Wood View, wrote home about the fun he was having training mules with Pte Hobbs.

The pair were in the Transport Section and were training mules to use harnesses by a railway line when a train passed. Fred said by the time the train had gone by there were no mules left in the field and they had the job of catching them again.