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Printer Becomes Private

March 1940

Mexborough & Swinton Times, March 9, 1940

Printer Becomes Private

A former member of the staff of the Goldthorpe branch office of the “Times” Printing Company, who is now serving in the Army, is Private Clifford Ward son of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Ward, of Station Road, Bolton, and he was employed at Goldthorpe branch office for six years. He is 20, and went into the Army on January 15th.

He writes, “We are very comfortable here (somewhere in in England), and get some good meals. There are about eighteen lads in our hut, and we have now got all our kit and look something like soldiers. I am so stiff to-day I can hardly walk, because we went on a cross country run yesterday for about eight miles in shorts and vest—and in this weather!

I am just settling down to Army life, and we are shortly going for shooting practice.” He concludes: “I shall be a good housewife by the time I have finished with cleaning my buttons, making my own beds and doing similar work.”