July 30, 1918 – Full diary entry:
“Cut wood today.
Got a card from Alf Denzene.
Have not heard from my dear Nora for 13 days.”
Talk about adding insult to injury. Robert wrote letters to his mother and father yesterday and the day before noting their lack of communication, and is in a lull between letters from his wife, and the one piece of mail he gets today is from… his brother-in-law who is also in France. Still, I’m guessing every piece of mail was welcome.
Spoiler alert: there are three letters from Nora on their way.
Robert had clearly been typecast as “the guy who can cut wood” by now, thanks to his previous experience as a lumberjack.
Nora’s brother Alf was two years younger than Robert and sailed to France about two weeks after Robert did. He served in the 42nd Division, 151st Field Artillery Supply Company.
Where was Robert today? See the timeline.