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Cameron of Lochiel to Lady Hermione Cameron, 24 September 1914 (1 of 4)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_CL_B_LETTER_018A
DATE OF IMAGE
24 September 1914
PERIOD
1910s
SOURCE
Lochaber Archive Centre
ASSET ID
686
KEYWORDS
First World War
World War I
World War One
Cameron of Lochiel to Lady Hermione Cameron, 24 September 1914 (1 of 4)

This letter was written by Donald Walter Cameron of Lochiel at Maida Barracks, Aldershot, to Lady Hermione Cameron at Buchanan Castle, Drymen on 24 September 1914. The following is a transcript of the parts of the letter which relate to the war:

I am writing you a line just before going to bed as I have not written for ages. We are having a most trying time here. That draft was about everybody. We sent out 141 yesterday, 2 officers went. The detailed my Adjutant 1st of all. Well, I had told him I would not stand in his way. But at the same time I had to report I could not get on without him. We had rather a scene. A most painful business as I was torn between my natural inclination to let him go as he wanted & my duty to the battalion.

In the end the War Office detailed someone else. But if the War Office was going to play this sort of game, it is the end of all things. Poor Drew, I am awfully sorry for him & I am sure he hates me.

There was a mother of one of my S. R. Sergeants who said her son was her only support. I said I would send on her letters to her local Secretary of the SSFA [Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association]. Will you see about it for me. He name is Mrs Wilson & she is the mother of Sergeant Wilson & lives at Burnfoot, Benbecula-I can't find her letter. Sgt Wilson has assigned her half his pay. I can't find the letter. But put the SSFA onto all these people in the Outer Islands, as I have lost now most of my S. R. men who have gone to the Front.

The King comes tomorrow & we are selected to find the guard on Monday. If he asks us to dine, what do I say? ...Or do I go alone? You might let me know in case. You are sure to be expected. Let me know what to do as I don't know how could explain your inability etc.
Kitchener comes on Saturday and we are to be reviewed on Laffan's Plain.

I sent on your Father's Postcard to Sir Spencer Ewart [Lieutenant General Sir John Spencer Ewart 1861-1930, General Officer Commanding Scottish Command] as I was writing in any case. There must he some fatal mistake about those 4 men. I am still recruiting as hard as ever but have been closed to G. S men since I started. Did they enlist specially for one of my battalions?

Now I must go to bed. Please thank Violet [Violet Cameron, daughter of Colonel and Lady Cameron] for her letter.

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Cameron of Lochiel to Lady Hermione Cameron, 24 September 1914 (1 of 4)

1910s

First World War; World War I; World War One

Lochaber Archive Centre

The World War One Letters of Colonel Donald Cameron of Lochiel

This letter was written by Donald Walter Cameron of Lochiel at Maida Barracks, Aldershot, to Lady Hermione Cameron at Buchanan Castle, Drymen on 24 September 1914. The following is a transcript of the parts of the letter which relate to the war:<br /> <br /> I am writing you a line just before going to bed as I have not written for ages. We are having a most trying time here. That draft was about everybody. We sent out 141 yesterday, 2 officers went. The detailed my Adjutant 1st of all. Well, I had told him I would not stand in his way. But at the same time I had to report I could not get on without him. We had rather a scene. A most painful business as I was torn between my natural inclination to let him go as he wanted & my duty to the battalion.<br /> <br /> In the end the War Office detailed someone else. But if the War Office was going to play this sort of game, it is the end of all things. Poor Drew, I am awfully sorry for him & I am sure he hates me.<br /> <br /> There was a mother of one of my S. R. Sergeants who said her son was her only support. I said I would send on her letters to her local Secretary of the SSFA [Soldiers' and Sailors' Families' Association]. Will you see about it for me. He name is Mrs Wilson & she is the mother of Sergeant Wilson & lives at Burnfoot, Benbecula-I can't find her letter. Sgt Wilson has assigned her half his pay. I can't find the letter. But put the SSFA onto all these people in the Outer Islands, as I have lost now most of my S. R. men who have gone to the Front.<br /> <br /> The King comes tomorrow & we are selected to find the guard on Monday. If he asks us to dine, what do I say? ...Or do I go alone? You might let me know in case. You are sure to be expected. Let me know what to do as I don't know how could explain your inability etc.<br /> Kitchener comes on Saturday and we are to be reviewed on Laffan's Plain.<br /> <br /> I sent on your Father's Postcard to Sir Spencer Ewart [Lieutenant General Sir John Spencer Ewart 1861-1930, General Officer Commanding Scottish Command] as I was writing in any case. There must he some fatal mistake about those 4 men. I am still recruiting as hard as ever but have been closed to G. S men since I started. Did they enlist specially for one of my battalions?<br /> <br /> Now I must go to bed. Please thank Violet [Violet Cameron, daughter of Colonel and Lady Cameron] for her letter.