According to his diary, George was at a village called Essey,
Meurthe-et-Moselle, from 9/13/1918 to 9/27/1918. There are
two villages by this name in the Departement of Meurthe-et-Moselle.
One is just across the Moselle from the town of Nancy; the
other (Essey-et-Maizerail) is about 40 km northeast,
on the Rupt-du-Mad river, lat. 48°55' N., lon. 5°48'40" E.
Likely George was at the latter village, since the diary records
that they moved to Nanson, Meuse, on 9/27, and Nanson is only
5 km distant.
Corp. Geo AndersonCo. C 117 Am Tr. Amer E.F.
Aug" crossed out, "Sept. 1918" written in
The mail just arrived about 1 1/2 hrs ago and as happen to have
plenty of time this afternoon will put it to the best use. Mama
it certainly surprised me that you missed out on my mail. For
such a long time I have nothing to apologise for, some of it
certainly must have been lost, I never did wait that long to
write you a letter. The best of it all is miss (crossed out, replaced
with "mrs." Stallinbeck seeing me lined up at a hospital ha!
Mama I have never been near a hospital, let alone being in one.
There is little need for you to worry about me, have had only
one or two days sickness the whole time in France and it did not
amount to much. I hope this finds you all well despite the hot
weather you are injoying, 108 in the shade say that's awful
I know one thing it is too hot to sleep up stairs ha!
The weather here is just so, so, it rains a few days and then
the sunshines a few days. at night it is chilly enough to use
plenty of blankets. Well mama there is plenty to write about
believe me this has been
an exciting week for us. Have been on the go night and day. Did
you read about the latest Amer. drive say[?] if I could only tell
you a few things about it. The Germans must have been surprixed
from the looks of things on this side and most of all the
amount of prisinors they lost.
The prisinors were marched back in large bunches gaurded by our
miltary police. The men were of all ages
from boys to middle aged men, all seemed to be dressed pretty well,
but from the looks on their faces they have been putting up with
a great deal. I saw in on place were the gun crew were at their
post, one of our shells must have hit in the spot and finished
the whole bunch where they were standing.
You have heard about trenches and dugouts well they are the main
protection from shell fire and bombs. some of the German dugouts
here run as far as 40 and 50 feet below the ground fixed with
electric light and bath and fixed up to a T.Y.[?] Our Co is at a
stand-still at present - we have been busy cleaning up the
equipment and getting things in good shape. Most of the boys
are busy today scouting around picking up souvenirs etc. - helmets,
guns, daggers, bayonets, caps belts etc. I have a German helmet all
stamped ready to send home but they will not except it through the
mail here so I will have to hold it a while.
We are staying on the side of a hill here a short distance from
the lines and have things fixed pretty comfortable. You know we
were in a rest
camp some time ago stayed a few days and came back to this front. The
rest camp didn't amount to much. I believe I would rathe be on the
front. Am awful glad you sent me Wm address will write him a letter
this afternoon. He has never written me since he landed here, probably
he lost my address.
Was hust paid here and drew 3 months allotment.
without dependency money will send you $45 or $50 by money order just as
soon as I can get to an american P.O. You will get Aug allotment direct
and should rec - 3 mo dependant money which amounts to $90.
From now on everything should go straight and you will get $35 per mo.
The gov. cancelled a great many allotments and had new ones made out
oncce an allotment is
takes a great detail has to go through many
details before you start rec. them again but you just keep account and
you will find out that it all comes out straight in the end.
Mama it will be getting real cold here before long and if we are
here this winter it will take plenty of warm clothes. If you can
send a warm sweater a good pair of gloves and some heavy socks I will
get along alright. wait a wool helmet. Havn't seen C Smith or any body
yet may meet some of them later. Uncle Bob wrote me another card and
asked about papa Uncle Joe and the families will write him later.
Mama as bad as you want my picture I can not send it yet, I have plenty
of money to have a good one taken but there is no place to get it. I
tore the last bunch up. Did I tell you?
Have a lulu from Eliz Alice Florence will write them later. It is about
time to close. How is papa these days. I hope this finds him all O.K.
Tell him not to over work himself. Will say good bye for this time,
hoping you all the best in the world.
Will write Aunt Florence and the others later.