Old Herefordians' Club
WW1Letters
During our research into the former pupils of Hereford Cathedral School who served in WW1, we found that all of the letters of Thomas Wilmot to his mother in Ross on Wye had survived and are held in the Imperial War Museum.

They start with his account of his summer term of sport at HCS in 1913. Thomas and his brothers were boarders in No1 and he was a keen sportsman.  On leaving school, Thomas headed for Canada to work and at the outbreak of War his letters shown how desperate he was to get back to England to join up.

There is a gap in the letters during which time we can only assume that he was making his way back to England where he signed up in early 1915.

We intend to publish Tom’s letters, releasing them one hundred years on from the date on which they were written so that we may follow Tom’s story as the war unfolds.

Our thanks for permission to use these letters go to Tom’s relatives; to the Imperial War Museum and to Dr Frances Hurd who spent many hours making the transcripts.
16/07/2016
Field postcard 16 July
I am quite well
Letter follows at first opportunity

18/7/16
My dear mother
I am still quite sound but feeling the worse ...
10/07/2016
My dear mother
We have moved from where we were and are going into the fight. Every thing seems to be going very well.
The country round here is mag ...
07/07/2016
My dear mother
We have changed our destination for the first time since I joined the battalion.
I told you about our raid didn't I . Well we moved l ...
22/06/2016
My dear mother
We are out of the trenches for 3 days. That does not mean 3 days rest as I would almost rather be int he trenches than just behind as ...
16/06/2016
My dear mother
We are doing all sorts of things round here. At present we are just behind the line, but are going up to the trenches tonight. The Ger ...
03/06/2016
My dear mother
I am still doing Bde Bombing Officer but I manage to spend most of my time with the regiment.
We are standing by in reserve. Everybod ...
27/05/2016
My dear mother
Just a short letter to say what we are doing.
We were going to take over the trenches tomorrow evening but the order was suddenly can ...
27/05/2016
My dear mother
Very many thanks for a letter straight from you and one via Robert. They both arrived at the same time.
At present I am acting Bde Bo ...
21/05/2016
My dear mother
We are now out for 12 days rest which is rather enjoyable. It means we are going to get an extra long time in the trenches but still i ...
12/05/2016
Encloses a newspaper cutting from the Morning Post describing 'an extensive mine explosion to the north of the La Bassee-Bethune road'.
My dear mothe ...
07/05/2016
My dear mother
I am afraid it is some time since I have written and I have not much time to write now. We get relieved from the trenches tomorrow and ...
03/05/2016
My dear mother
The weather is beginning to clear up now. What a rotten June we have had.
I don't when I shall get my leave now, no leave seems to be ...
01/05/2016
My dear mother
Very many thanks for your letters which I got today.
We have just come out from 4 days tour in the trenches. Not such bad trenches bu ...
16/04/2016
16/4/16
Today was quite like midsummer but the trenches are still very wet. I got back from my night fatigues at about 11.15 this morning and have no ...
15/04/2016
15/4/16
My dear mother
At present my Coy are behind in billets just behind the line. Two Coys are up in the trenches with another battalion who are ...
19/03/2016
19/3/16
My dear mother
We are still in the trenches but the sun has improved them a lot. Yesterday evening we were heavily shelled and the Boches at ...
04/03/2016
My dear mother,
At last we are out of the trenches for a Bde rest. By Jove we have had a hard time this last 16 days. When we were out of the trenche ...
13/02/2016
My dear mother
We go into the trenches tomorrow I myself am going up tonight with a working party.
Barton went on leave before I got back and is ret ...
01/02/2016
Worcestershire Rgt
My dear mother
We are in the same old trenches. I myself am garrisoning a keep with my platoon in rear. It is very dull as I am a ...
23/01/2016
23/1/16
My dear mother
I am going on leave on the 31st of this month. It may be on the 29th but I don't think it's likely.
We relieved Larry's batt ...
12/01/2016
12/1/16
My dear mother
Many thanks for your letter & congratulations. I'm afraid I can't write a letter now but this is just a line to say I am alri ...
11/01/2016
11/1/16
My dear mother
I got back here quite safely after quite an enjoyable journey. The sea voyage was !! I was ill for the first time in my life ...
08/01/2016
8/1/16
My dear Robert
Very many thanks for your letter and congrats. I'm afraid I had not got time to look through the paper that day, but somebody ...
05/01/2016
5/1/16
My dear mother,
Thank you very much for the gloves and Joyce and Meriels presents. Will you thank them very much and say I'll write.
I'm afr ...
18/12/2015
My dear mother
A very merry Xmas to you and all at home. And many thanks for your letter which I got yesterday.
I can't think where Larry's lot are ...
18/12/2015
My dear Joyce
Very many thanks for your letter from Nuneaton.
As you say the weather has been decidedly wet and then the frost to cap the lot. You c ...
14/12/2015
My dear Aunt Esther
Very many thanks indeed for both your parcels one of which I got today and the other one I got two days ago. The socks are very u ...
14/12/2015
My Dear Mother
I have not been able to see Larry yet and now I'm afraid I never shal. We are leaving the Division. We have been in the trenches ever ...
05/12/2015
My Dear Mother
We have got stuck halfway, that is why I am writing from here. However we can get stuck as much as they like on the way back. We stopp ...
16/11/2015
2/Worc Regt Sunday
My dear mother,
I am still on this bomb school. We have been moving about so much lately that we have not been able to do much in ...
08/11/2015
My dear mother
Very many thanks for your letter of today. As far as I can make out I ought to get some on about the 21st.
We came out of the trenche ...
31/10/2015
My dear mother
We were inspected by the King on Friday. Rather an honour as the Battalion was picked out to represent the 5th Brigade. It poured with ...
25/10/2015
2/Worc Regt Sunday
My dear mother
Very many thanks for the Hereford Times and the letter I got today. I'm very sorry I have not written for such a l ...
17/10/2015
2/Worc Regt BEF
My dear mother
There is no time to write a proper letter but I will send a line to say I'm still allright. We are still in the trenc ...
07/10/2015
2/Worc Regt
My dear mother,
Our officers have been reinforced as far as I can make out by officers from the 12th Battn. I do think it's a shame. Rea ...
06/10/2015
Field Service Postcard. Multiple choice crossed out except for 'I have received your letter dated Oct 2nd, letter follows at first opportunity'
04/10/2015
Oct 4 1915 2/Worc Regt [writing noticeably more shaky]
My dear mother
I am afraid it is ages since I last wrote you a proper letter but I have not h ...
04/10/2015
2/Worc Regt Monday
My dear mother,
We are more or less into it again but have no nearly made up the strength of the Battalion yet. We have got too m ...
03/10/2015
My dear mother,
We are still in the trenches and not moving at all a nice time. They are shelling us pretty hard, but we are giving them a much bette ...
02/10/2015
My dear mother
We are back in the fighting again after going back for 16 hours sleep and I slept the whole time. We have been in it since Friday Sept ...
29/09/2015
My dear mother,
I am allright at present but we have had an awful time. The 2/Worcestershire Regt has again made its name of which you will no doubt ...
26/09/2015
My dear mother,
You will now have probably found out by the papers what we are doing. We have been on the move all night.
Your loving son Tom

Fie ...
19/09/2015
My dear mother
Many thanks for both your postcards. We caem into the trenches yesterday and are having some very nice weather but a lively time at th ...
14/09/2015
Sunday
My dear mother
Very many thanks for the H. Times. Why did you suddenly think I was at Devonport and put it on the address?
We ought to have ...
10/09/2015
My dear mother
Glad to hear such good news of Robert. Can you send me his address? [Robert wounded and hospitalised]
Has Austen's photo turned up ye ...
08/09/2015
My dear mother
We came out the trenches yesterday evening and present are billetted just behind. We are going 'in' again tomorrow in the same trenche ...
02/09/2015
Friday
My dear mother
No time to write a proper letter. We went out of the trenches last night -- got absolutely soaked to the skin, and came into t ...
18/08/2015
My dear mother
This letter may reach you late for various reasons in the post.
My home address was sent for leave last night so I hope to be home in ...
13/08/2015
My dear mother
I went to the concert in B--- last night and afterwards went in to an hotel to get some dinner and who should I meet but Capt Priestma ...
11/08/2015
My dear mother
Very many thanks for your letters I got today. I am sorry I haven't written lately. I thought I had but it must have been a mistake on ...
31/07/2015
[KW date July 31st 1915]
My dear mother
Here we are in the trenches again having come in last night. I was on a working party for 4 hours last night ...
28/07/2015
[July 28th 1915 KW date]
My dear Joyce
Very many thanks for the stocking puttees. They are a great treat after wearing puttees all day long.
We are ...
27/07/2015
[Postcard not dated. KW date 27 July 1915]
No time to write now but will write tomorrow. I got some stockings & puttees from Joyce -- just the right ...
27/07/2015
[Postcard not dated. KW date 27 July 1915]
[Addressed to Miss RJ Wilmot]
Very many thanks for the stockings & puttees, they are just what I meant. I ...
26/07/2015
[KW date 26 July 1915]
Dug Out Davies s/t
My dear mother
Very many thanks for both your letters and the razor blades. You may be surprised to hear ...
20/07/2015
[KW date July 20th 1915]
My dear mother
I wrote to you two days ago but can't remember whether it got posted or not. I hope it did as I cannot find ...
18/07/2015
Sunday 18th
My dear mother
Did that cablegrame come from you that I got yesterday saying that I was reported dead? If so it's quite a mistake I'm fa ...
18/07/2015
[July 18th 1915 KW date]
My dear mother
We were relieved from the trenches on Sunday night. They shelled us rather severely over last 2 days but oth ...
17/07/2015
Field Service Postcard dated 17 July, received [KW date] 18 July 1915
[multiple choice crossings out]
I am quite well.
I have received your telegra ...
11/07/2015
[KW dated July 11th 1915]
My dear mother. Just a line to say I am alright but had two near squeakes from trench mortars the night before last. I have ...
04/07/2015
[gap presumably while he travels home -- none from Sandhurst it seems!]
July 4th 1915
2nd Bn Worc Regt 5th Bde 2 Division BEF France
My dear mother ...
03/07/2015
[Undated: KW July 3rd 1915]
C Coy 2nd Batt Worc Reg BEF France
My dear mother. We are now having a few days rest after spending 4 days in the trench ...
04/06/2015
[KW July 7th 1915]
[Same address]
Monday
My dear mother
I got here yestereday and almost as soon as I got to the billetts we went off to the trenc ...
10/09/2014
Strongfield Sask Sept 10th
My dear mother,
Many thanks for yours of Aug 24th. I have spoken to Porter [?] and he is bang on but I said I would stick ...
06/09/2014
Sept 6 1914
My dear mother
Many thanks for your letter. I was awfully sorry to hear about the black cow it must be a terrible loss just now.
What a ...
06/08/2014
Tuesday July 28
My dear mother
No time to write. Nobody has been into town for a long time but somebody is going in tomorrow. We have been working h ...
05/08/2014
Sunday July 10
My dear mother
We have at last finished summer fallowing. Next we shall have to getting up hay discing[?] and harrowing.
I've never ...
04/08/2014
Thursday July 7
My dear mother
We are taking pigs into Hawarden to-morrow so I must write this now. I've had no time to write at all as last week we ...
03/08/2014
July 1st 1914
My dear mother,
I wrote you last week -- stamped the letter & everything but forgot to send it into town.
Many thanks for yours of Ju ...
02/08/2014
Letters to his mother
Envelopes attached addressed to Perrystone Towers, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, England. Dated by KW June 16th 1914

My dear m ...
01/08/2014
Envelope attached addressed to C.W. Stuart Esq, 81 Hijo-Machi, Kobe, Japan, via Siberia

Cathedral School, Hereford

My dear Uncle Charlie,
I'm s ...
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