Hallo Fellow Members.
I recently rediscovered this piece in amongst my research files: CONNAUGHT TELEGRAPH, December 30th 1916:-
The following letter has been received from Private John Halligan
, Palace Hotel, Murin, Switzerland, dated 29th October 1916 :-
“I got your kind post card the other day. We cannot send post cards without paying the postage, and I need not tell you that our funds are not very high. There is one other Mayo man here with me, Mortimer, who is to write to you.
We would like very much, if you would send some warm under clothing, the weather is very cold, we had a heavy fall of snow some days back and the boys had some good sport, but unfortunately there were some accidents in the Bob sleighing and several of the men got bad hurts, they are confined to bed for a time.In the night of the 27th we had the first party of wives to Murin, eighteen of them arrived, all the men were at the station to give them a welcome, they looked very happy.
Pat O’Boyle, John Moran, and Glynn, about whom you were asking me, were out working when I left, also, Murphy. We expect another lot of men here next month, maybe they will be coming them, we expect about 257 are coming to Murin; we will be pretty full up then. I am very sorry to tell you I have been very bad, but please God, I will pull round. Please send my medal ribbons, Sedan [SUDAN] 98 and South Africa. If you can send me some soap, it is very dear here, the former kindness of Mayo shall never be forgotten, without Mayo’s kind support while in Germany, I might be laid low….
The best of good wishes."
Were visits by family members to Switzerland the norm?? I have never come across mention of this before.