|John Thomas (Tom) Davies joined the Reserve Company of the Accrington Pals before being posted to the battalion's X Company in 1915. In this letter, probably written shortly after the battalion went into billets at Colincamps on 4th April 1916, Tom gives advice to his younger brother Harry, then a fresh recruit to the 10th (Reserve) Battalion of the East Lancashire Regiment at Wareham, Dorset. Harry was later posted overseas to join the 8th Battalion, from which he was transferred to the 11th in February 1918; though twice wounded, he survived the war. Tom was killed in action in the attack on Serre on the opening day of the Battle of the Somme.
Transcript of letter
Above left: Harry Davies.
Above right: Tom Davies.
Tom's letter to his brother and both photographs are reproduced here by kind courtesy of Harry's grandson, Steve Davies.
© Andrew C Jackson 2006, 2016