All Saints Parochial School Clifton, c.1866 [Z50/30/42]
Thursday 8th April 1915: Mr. William Norris, the schoolmaster at
“We are now getting fine weather and the trenches are drier and more comfortable than they were when I first experienced what war was like two months ago. There are many different kinds of guns used on both sides, and I think the Germans waste more ammunition than we do. German shells are known to English Tommies by the whistle they make in their travels. We call some of them “Wicked Willies”, others “Jack Johnsons”, but those with the loudest whistle we call “Coal Boxes”, and when one of these bursts in the ground it makes a hole nearly as large as Clifton Pond. We generally get two or three of these for breakfast, but when the “White Man’s Hope” answers them they soon become silent. We receive cigarettes and tobacco, which are sent out by kind persons in various parts of the Mother Country and the Colonies, and I can assure you they are thankfully received and much appreciated. We are all very pleased to receive letters, and you may guess how down-hearted one seems if he is drawn blank when the post arrives”.
Source: Bedfordshire Standard 9th April 1915
 Joseph Henry Cooper was the son of John Henry and Charlotte Cooper of