Letters Home: J. H. Smith

From the October 24, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1:

A Letter from J. H. Smith.

The following letter was received from Henry Smith, by his brother, Charles, this week.  It will be remembered that he was wounded about the 23rd of last June, mention of which was made in the News, about the time the news reached here.

Base Hospital No. 1, Oct. 3, 1918.

Dear Charles: —

Received yours of Aug. 27 and was certainly glad to hear that everybody was o. k.  Just think, that was the first word that reached me in six months.

Am enjoying myself very much but it will be some little time yet before my wound will be healed up.

We are having regular fall weather, quite cool and the nights make us cover up good and tight.

Haven’t seen any of the home boys since I got separated from the two that came across with me.  Ross and Graves came across on the same boat with me, but we were separated as soon as we landed.

Will close for present, Yours most truly, J. H. Smith.

The announcement mentioned above was in the July 11, 1918 Skidmore News, page 1:

Skidmore Boy Wounded.

A message was received at Skidmore Monday afternoon, conveying official information to John V. Smith that his son, James H. Smith of Co. E, 159 Inf. had been severely wounded in action, June 23.

Henry, as he is known here, left with the quota from Nodaway county October 3 of last year and received training at Camp Funston, Kansas and Camp Kearney, California.  He left for France in April of this year and is the first Skidmore boy to be wounded severely.

He is about 28 years old.