Soldier’s Letter, 1915
Cromarty Courthouse Museum
This letter reveals a moving story of kindness during the First World War, when Cromarty became a training base for the Army. A hutted camp was set up just outside of the town and also housed an army hospital.
This letter of thanks was sent by Lance Corporal H Whyte of the Cameronians (Scottish Rifles), when he was a patient. He wrote to a local schoolgirl after a teacher had encouraged each of the pupils to bring an egg for the hospitalised soldiers. This was part of the National Egg Collection for Wounded Soldiers which began in November 1914.
The letter reads:
I now take the pleasure in writing you these few lines to thank you so very much for the eggs that you sent here as I got one myself.
It is very good of you to think of the men who are laying here and I hope that you won’t be offended for me taking the privilege in writing to you. I hope that you will always have the best of health and never have a day’s sickness and God will bless you and protect you for your kindness.