FRANCE June 14th 1915 to 15th November 1915

Hob returned to St Omer after his leave, and two days later the battalion was moved 15 miles down the road to Isbergues where they were to remain in reserve for three months until the end of September. These appeared to be excellent days, and Hob learned to swim in the Canal d’Aire.– a skill that had managed to elude him previously. It was then back to St Omer for a further five weeks before moving back up to the Belgian border area near to Steenvoorde, but still out of the front line. On 9th November Hob was given nine days leave, and returned home on his second visit, having seen no conflict for nearly six months.


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