Everyone at home waited expectantly for word from friends and loved ones overseas. The
anticipation of good news always was tempered by the fear of receiving bad news. The men and
women at the front - equally anxious for letters from home - wrote of their experiences during
training, traveling across the Atlantic, life in the trenches, the incessant sound of gun fire and
bombs bursting, unenviable living conditions, and the less than gourmet food. There were
reports of woundings and fatalities, of battles won or lost. And, sometimes, there were accounts
of valour beyond belief. Some letters regaled the reader with stories of high jinks and good
humour. Life continued, but under greatly altered circumstances.