Sarrey, France 1/5/1919

Sarrey, France


Dear Em


A few lines today to let you know that Im still O.K. and looking forward to seeing you soon. The date will show you that it is Sunday, the heading will also show you that we are in a different town than where I last wrote. We pulled into this town the day before yesterday, but don’t expect to stay here long. Get me now, don’t expect to; the facts are that we know nothing about it nor anything else. One would think the war was still on as far as our movements are conserned. Be that as it may, we are here and here we stay until they dope out another move.


As there was not enough room in the town itself, we were put into these barracks and as long as I can say nothing good about our quarters why I will leave a lot unsaid. Rain; say Em I don’t beleive Ill ever (in my coming many years) see as much again. If I do I hope Ill be some place other than in a worse place than a swamp, for this place is all, yes and more than Im cracking it up to be. Of coarse nothing could posibly compare with the conditions that had to be smiled at while in the lines and the war was on; but for peace conditions, and a victorious peace at that, will say that we are living a wonderful existence. The chow is fine and men could wish for nothing better.


Yesterday the regiment was inspected and reviewed by some staff officer of the Corps. It was no pleasant day for the men. Mud, in some places over your shoes, rain, and a cold stiff wind blowing, and when I say that a field inspection means the standing of from one to two hours before it is your time to be inspected you will agree, that it is par bon for comfort. Ive forgotten now how long it has been since I saw the sun shine longer than five minutes a day, and as I write this it is raining, well just as hard and as wet as ever.


Ive received no mail from you or any one since I answered your last one, and surly will appreciate the next one to arrive. There are plenty of other fellows in the same boat as myself so there must be something the matter with the mail service. Im having a pleasant smoke with the pipe you sent now, and my feet are dry due to the fact that Ive got plenty of good dry stockings. Changed into a pair that was sent in the box last night, said change being neaded after our swim yesterday beleive me.


We’ve got plenty of wood for our one stove in this barrack and take it from me we take advantage of both the wood and the stove. As there is nothing doing today there is a crowd around it now and will be all day. It is not what you could call cold, but the continuous rain mud, and wind makes it very disagreeable, although we can and will stand it.


When I say barracks don’t for heaven’s sake think of Devens or camps of that nature. These and those are as near alike as the Back Bay and Harrison Ave. New Years we had a wonderful feed in Chauffourt or the town we just left. Here it is, Fresh roast beef, brown cream gravy, mashed potatoes, creamed Spanish onions, sliced pickles, bread, butter, coffee, prune pie and cottage pudding.


Well I hope this finds you all well. Tell them all it left me so and Ill remain



Samuel E. Avery #69762, Hdq Co. 103rd Inf.


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  1. I was somewhat curious about the cottage pudding. I tried googling it, but maybe I need some different terms. Sounds like he had a good meal that day, anyway. 🙂

  2. Hi Tina:

    Cottage Pudding is a traditional American dessert of the early 20th Century consisting of a plain, dense cake served with a sweet glaze or custard. The glaze is generally cornstarch based and flavored with sugar, vanilla, chocolate, butterscotch, or a variety of fruit flavors such as lemon or strawberry. Typically it is baked over a fruit and brown sugar base, resulting in an “upside-down” cake similar to a fruit cobbler. In the military it would have been baked in large sheets and then cut into squares for individual servings.

    Best Regards,

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