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, 18th December, 1915]

6926 Private T, H. Taggart, C Co., The Border Regiment, writes us from 'The Castle', Carlisle, Dec. 10th, as follows:

"Just a few lines to thank you for your past kindness in publishing my letters and am pleased to say I have quite recovered now from my 'bit,' received in the Dardanelles last August. I am glad to state that I have quite recovered my hearing and speech, my legs are quite well again, and my nerves are a great deal better. I am being discharged from hospital on Saturday, the 11th inst, to go to my depot at Carlisle, to be sent home to go to work on munitions of war at Birmingham.

I have enclosed a newspaper cutting stating the honours won by the regiment which I have the proud honour to belong to. If I may be allowed to say it, sir, without boast, I think by the number of honours the good old Border Regiment has done a grand share of the fighting as the enclosed list shows. I am the only Shropshire Lad in the regiment, and I thought it would interest some of the readers of the "Journal" to know what some of the other regiments were doing, and if any of the young men were in doubt which regiment to join, they would do well by joining the old 34th Foot. At present I know only of two men beside myself who belong to this regiment - ? Lowe, of Bridgnorth, and T. Lloyd (my uncle), of Ludlow."

- The newspaper cutting describes the handing over to the Carlisle Corporation of one of the German guns captured by the 2nd Border Regiment at Loos, and it being in the custody of the men who captured it caused much interest. The Border Regiment has gained in the present war two V.C.s one C.M.G., three D.S.O.s, eleven Military Crosses, twenty-seven D.C.M.s, forty-six specially mentioned in despatches, and four Russian distinctions.

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