Dedicated to the memory of all the men and women of Bridgnorth, Shropshire, who died during the two World Wars.

Letter from Private T. H. Taggart, 1st Border Regiment.

[Bridgnorth Journal, 14th August, 1915]

No. 6926 Private T. H. Taggart, a native of Bridgnorth, who is serving with the 1st Batt., The Border Regiment, and recently left England on active service with the Mediterrenean Expeditionary Force, writes :-

"We had a splendid voyage out, smooth sea and grand weather all the way. We called at Gibraltar, Malta and Alexandra, [sic] and then we came here. Of course I cannot say where, but it is 'somewhere out East.'

We move into the firing line today - the letter is written on July 23 and received here August 6, - and you may be sure we will do our share for King and Country, as the Border Regiment always does. They call us 'The Old Socks,' and we mean to give the Turks 'socks.'

I should like a 'Journal' to relieve the monotony when resting, and the news from the old town would be interesting to me and pass many a dull moment away.

Our Brigade is composed of the 1st King's Own Scottish Borderers, the 87th Inniskilling Fusiliers, the South Wales Borderers, and ourselves, and we get on very well together.

At the time of Writing a French battleship is shelling the Turks position, and then we shall be having our turn, for which we have been patiently waiting. We had a boxing tournament last Saturday, and then a sing-song, which went with a swing. It was not the kind one gets at a Music-hall, but it went off 'great,' the boxing especially.

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. W. C. B. Bannister on board the s.s. Hororata. He is not with our Brigade, but I hope to meet him again and have another chat together about old Bridgnorth. He is with the Army Service Corps."

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