9 Risingholme Road
Wealdstone High Road
22nd August 1915
3/7th Battn Middlesex Regt
Falmer, near Brighton
Re Thomas F. Paul, No 4509
I am writing at the request of my sister, who had been guardian to the above, since he was 5 years of age. T. F. Paul is my nephew & has no parents living: he is a child of another sister of mine who died some years ago.
He is very anxious that he should serve his King & Country, & so are all of us that he should do so.
My sister thinks, however, that in consequence of his youth (he was not 17 years of age when he joined) & also of his very short eyesight (if his glasses in anyway got damaged or lost, he would be blind without them – & he cannot see sideways without turning his head round) that you would pardon the liberty taken in drawing your attention to this & she would be very grateful if you could – instead of sending him away on active service with the regiment, transfer him to some Home Service Battalion, as she has a very strong objection to his being sent away to the front for the above-mentioned reasons.
Personally, with his defective vision & nervous temperament, I do not think he would stand a fair sporting chance.
I am writing this unknown to my nephew & shall be obliged if you will kindly treat this in confidence.
Apologising for taking up your valuable time, & thanking you in advance for your attention,
I remain, dear Sir,
- Spencer Stilwell
Captain and Adjutant
3/7th Batt Middlesex Regt
To A Stilwell Esq.
In reply to your letter of the 22nd I have to say that in the event of this Battalion going on Foreign Service No 4509 Pte. Thomas F. Paul would not be taken
- on account of his age
- should his physical defects be as you say
- Petrie Hobson
Captain and Adjutant, 3/7th Batt. Middlesex Regt.
Re Thomas F. Paul No 4509 ”D” Company
I beg to acknowledge receipt of your favour of the 24th inst & note your remarks for which my sister & I are very much obliged.
- Spencer Stilwell
Capt. A. Petrie-Hobson
3/7th Battn. Middlesex Regt.
Farmer near Brighton