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Record Number: 33679


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'There is nothing fresh for me to write about. Am still in the same place and doing little work. A good deal of my time is spent reading, and at present my book is:- "Barnaby Rudge" by Dickens. There is nothing much here to occupy the time. Most of the fellows are playing cards all the time, and I don't care much for their games. Yesterday I was out on the grass reading, but today it is not so safe ... There is a tiny kitten knocking around here, and it is very playful.'

Century:

1900-1945

Date:

3 Sep 1918

Country:

France

Time

afternoon

Place:

city: Arras
county: Pas-de-Calais
specific address
other location: Cellar

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Thomas Wainwright

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Male

Date of Birth:

2 Oct 1887

Socio-Economic Group:

Clerk / tradesman / artisan / smallholder

Occupation:

Private, Royal Army Medical Corps

Religion:

Nonconformist

Country of Origin:

England

Country of Experience:

France

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Charles Dickens

Title:

Barnaby Rudge

Genre:

Fiction

Form of Text:

Print: Book

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

unknown


Source Information:

Record ID:

33679

Source:

Print

Author:

n/a

Editor:

Lyn Dyson

Title:

Uncle Tom's Letters: The Letters of Private Thomas Wainwright, 1914-1919

Place of Publication:

[Great Britain]

Date of Publication:

2013

Vol:

n/a

Page:

178

Additional Comments:

letter to Gladys Wainwright, 3 September 1918

Citation:

Lyn Dyson (ed.), Uncle Tom's Letters: The Letters of Private Thomas Wainwright, 1914-1919, ([Great Britain], 2013), p. 178, http://www.open.ac.uk/Arts/reading/UK/record_details.php?id=33679, accessed: 27 February 2020


Additional Comments:

Location is speculative. Wainwright was attached to the 46th Field Ambulance, part of the 15th Scottish Division.

   
   
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