Lonsdales Lose Some Fine Chaps

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LONSDALES LOSE SOME FINE CHAPS

Joseph Martin, 11th Border, in a letter dated March 12th writes:

Dear Sir,

Just a line to say that I received your parcel of cigarettes and twist, and also matches, which prove to be very serviceable here, and useful, as you will no doubt be aware that French matches are absolutely useless, and beyond the means of the soldiers here. I am sure it speaks highly of you and your readers who subscribe so magnificently to your fund to provide smokes for those who are enduring the state of things in this country. I am pleased to say we are all quite well at present, and we are out of the trenches for a few days, but will not be long till we are back again. I am sorry to say that we lost some very fine chaps last week, including our Platoon Officer. You might find room in your valuable paper for these few lines, and to thank Mr. J. Sherwen, of Distington, for his kindness. I ask him to accept my kind regards and good wishes, and success to your valuable paper.