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Lonsdales Killing Germans & Sticking it Well

From the Lonsdale Battalion wiki
Drummer F. Bateman, 11th Border, in a letter received on Saturday says:-
Dear Mr. Star Man,
Just a few lines to let you know I received your parcel of fags on the sixth of January. We went to the trenches for seven days, so you may guess how handy they came in. A few chaps in my platoon received them about the same time, so we were well off. Well, we went in on the seventh, and we captured a prisoner the following day. The next night we sent a patrol out, they came across a working party of Germans. I think they would number about seventy. When our patrol came back safely, we turned our machine gun and rapid rifle fire on Fritz, and I am sure we sent a number of them West. We are having pretty fair weather out here, rather cold if anything. Our lads are sticking it very well. Fritz gives us it very hot now and again, but never does much damage. It is a treat to watch our artillery dropping shells right into the Germans trench. I will close thanking Mr. McIntyre and the customers of the Black Lion, and wishing your paper every success.
Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, Published January, 1916.
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