Extracts from WW1 letter “Date Unknown, Year Doubtful” from David Henry Taylor in Hare Hall Camp, London to his sister Ginger (Ethel) Linn in USA.
“At 6.30 physical drills until 7. Breakfast 7.45 consisting of porridge, boiled bacon, bread and margarine (if you are lucky) and marmalade (if there is any left). At 8.30 parades, which may be squad drill, platoon drill, company drill, or forty other kind of drill. Lunch from 1 to 2 o’clock. Parade at 2, which may be trench digging, map reading and drawing. Dinner at 5 pm. At 6 o’clock parade for a lecture until 7. We have to be in bed at 9.15. Lights out at 10”