Somewhere in England June 17, 1918
Well, here I am across the water. Got here o.k., only got dizzy on
the ship. It was a great trip. Saw a few big whales and other kinds of
We marched through one of the cities when we landed; some different
than ours. This is a pretty place, kind of old-fashioned. The Unites
States has this country beat a block for being up to date.
You had better number your letters when you write after this so I'll
know if any are missing. This is a fine morning here. The nights are
cool. Had quite a lot of rainy weather coming across.
Haven't seen Pete or Gord here since I left Camp Mills, but I think
they are here someplace. The English talk a little broken. I can
hardly understand them. Everything is green and looking fine. Sure
seemed good to see after being on the water.
I'm getting more used to army life all the time. Am feeling fine in
every way and have been ever since we left Camp Funston. The band has
just been playing and it sounded fine.
I don't suppose I can write very often. Tell everyone hello and to
write as often as they can as your letters sure are appreciated.
We see all kinds of soldiers except German. If you know Merrill
Elliot's address, send it to me. I may, by accident, run across him. I
suppose more of the boys are going from there all of the time.
Wish I could get the Argus. Have gotten it once. Everyone in this
tent is writing letters home. The next trip we get across will be the
Saw a paper yesterday and the war news looked good. There are lots of
boys in our company from South Dakota, but no one I know. Most are from
east of the river. Saw Newman from Vivian several times on the ship and
one boy from Brule county who came down when I did. There are not any
young men around here without uniforms on.
Well, will close and write again when I can. I am as well as ever and
hope you are the same.
With lots of love,
Calvin H. Holmes
355th Inf. Sup. Co.
American E. F. via New York
Sept. 23, 1918
I will drop you a few lines to let you know I'm still over here
somewhere and still going, the same as ever.
I got a letter from Boyd today. The only mail I've had for a few
days. Als got his picture and some clippings from the newspaper which I
was very glad to get.
We are still moving around the same as ever. We are in a German
dug-out now. May only be here for a day or two though. The hills are all
undermined around here. There are three of us in this one. It is almost
six by ten and all boarded up fine. Has a stove in it, window and door
and cemented up all around the outside. They also has electric lights in
I haven't seen Pete or Gordon lately. Saw Ted Nelson the day before
yesterday. He is in reserve I guess. I also saw Corp. Ducky Newman from
Vivian yesterday. He said he didn't much like it and said he heard Boyd
had gone. I didn't talk to him long.
You can't imagine what things are like over here. Great big shell
holes, trenches and barbed-wire entanglements. It sure looks awful. We
got the New York Herald this morning. The war news looks fine. It is
printed in Paris.
Boyd says he likes it better since he doesn't have to drill, but he
has pretty long hours. He expects to be there a couple months
We sure see all kinds of booty here that the Huns left. There are
pianos and everything in the houses fixed up in fine style. In one place
there was about 40 of them. The boys are trying to learn to play Boche
music. We kind of stay clear of them towns as much as we can, they shell
It rained again last night as usual, but it is clear now and the sun
is shining. The nights are rather cool now. Well, it's five months since
I left and expect to be starting home in five more months.
Last night we had a light in our little home. It's the first time
we've been able to have one for two months. The nights are pretty long
with no lights so we can read or write letters.
I saw two American girls yesterday. It sure seemed good to see them.
They skin the French girls by a country block to my notion.
Will close for this time. Expect to get some mail tonight. In every
way, write all the news and then some for it sure is good to get it. You
are, as ever, in my thoughts.
PS. Just came to mail this and found your letter and the Oacoma Argus
Leader. Letter dated Sept. 1st. Be sure to keep sending the Argus.