• Reginald Harry Thomas

Army / Flying Corps
  • 25th Australian Infantry Battalion
  • 7th Brigade
  • Private

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  • Birth

    Inverell, New South Wales, Australia

  • Enlistment - WW1

    Rockhampton, QLD, Australia

Stories and comments
    • The Men of the 25th Battalion
    • Posted by jaydsydaus121, Thursday, 22 July 2021

    Inverell Times (NSW), Friday 3 December 1915, page 7 A SOLDIER'S LIFE DELICACIES APPRECIATED. QMS. Reg. Thomas, son of Mr. and Mrs. Hy. Thomas, of Inverell, forwards the following interesting account of life at Gallipoli. He writes under date 14tth October:— "I received two letters from you by the last mail, which reached here two days ago; it is always looked for-ward to eagerly, and I expect letters from you each time it arrives. The papers you send are very welcome, and reach me regularly, but I've only received one pair of socks so far — parcels are generally a week or two late, so no doubt the others you have sent will come along later. "Well, we still 'plug' along here, but it's getting very monotonous. I've quite settled down to my new position, which offers some diversion at times, and is a fairly easy one, but carries a lot of worry. I got a sur-prise last Saturday when I was told I had to parade with three others from my Coy., before our Colonel with a view to being offered a com-mission. We went up, and after a chat with him, came back again to my headquarters. I hadn't been back half an hour when I was told to go back to Headquarters and put in my application for a commission immediately with one of the other fellows who had been chosen. We had to go before the Brigadier the next morning, and are now waiting lo hear from Divisional Headquarters the result. I've been told I am almost sure to get it — there are four wanted for the battalion and if I am successful and have to leave this Company, I will try to get into 'A' Coy., with Major Daw-son and Harold Page. I'm going up to do twenty-four hours in the trenches to-night to get the 'hang' of things. "We have moved to a new position since I wrote last, and are in places only about forty yards from the enemy trenches. They put a few shrapnel shells in our valley each day and also throw a few bombs, which are deadly things, but my 'dug-out' is out of the danger-zone, and we always get into them when the shells, begin to come along, and wait there till they stop. Aeroplanes are flying about during the day and are constantly shelled, but I've never noticed any of them go uncomfortably close. "It's getting awfully cold here now, and I'm not looking forward at all to the winter here; we have had a few showers of rain too, and with the rain and cold life won't be all beer and skittles. "We received a gift of shirts, hand-kerchiefs, and socks from some school children in Victoria the other day, and another of chocolates, biscuits, sardines, figs, and oatmeal, but I can't ascertain who sent it— it was very welcome, and a few of us have sent away for some delicacies to relieve the monotony of the food here. It is good, and consists of bacon, fresh meat, bread, dried vegetables, rice, raisins, prunes, sugar, tea, tinned milk, lime-juice, rum once or twice a week, tobacco and matches every Sunday. I was sorry to hear of the death of Adair Boyd at Malta; there seem to be a lot of Inverell boys gone. I often see Jim Murray and give him my Inverell paper when I have read it. "I hope that parcel of cigarettes reach me safely; they are very wel-come here, as our issue of them is always very small. The muffler and socks will be particularly welcome now that the cold weather is coming on— dear little 'Waster'— it's splendid of her to make it for me. I've just heard that I'm not going up to the trenches to-night. I've a lot of work to do here, so will have to remain at my base. "They are giving the returned sol-diers a great reception — poor beggars! They deserve it all. One cannot but have the greatest admiration and re-spect for those hoys who landed first. They have done wonderful work, and are very highly thought of here. We see any amount of Generals and their staffs about here. I was talking to the general in command of our divi-sion yesterday; he's a fine fellow. Well, dear Mater, I must go and do some work now. I hope you have heard from me by now. Thanks for the paper and envelopes; the latter are very scarce here, but do not re-quire stamping. — Reg.'