In biro “about Feb”
Dimanche 14 1916
Dear Mar & Pa
Just a line to let you know I am still OK. I am still in a state of *** ****canna ** at present what will be my aboard. Our old brigade is napour and we are at present waiting the final move as long as you hear from me **** until further notice address my letters as C/O 9th Signal Co. We have had a good time in the old place and are all a little sorry to part more so as many of the Section will leave us after being out together for so long. Still we have all said adieu to many of our old pals and some of us will stick together probably within a few days we shall be settled again and I shall feel more disposed to write a decent letter anyway we are not down hearted
So cheero for the present
62 Benyon Rd
Dear Ted & Mary,
I just remembered that it is Gladys’s birthday either today or tomorrow so I want to wish her many happy returns of the day. I hope you are all quite well. I am not quite as I should like to be. It is the blathering rheumatism that is troubling me. I had a letter from George a little while ago. I hope I shall be able to see him before he leaves Crowboro. How is Fred I hope alright. I suppose Willie will not have to join. There is enough for him to do here. Is it true that they dropped bombs on Buxton. I don’t think so but this is what I have been told. I had a letter from Kingswereford telling me that they had passed over there but did not do any damage. I never thought that they would get so far inland. There seems to be no safety anywhere from them. We fully expected them in London that night. The trains were stopped before six pm & the people that had to go by train were in great difficulties. We closed one meeting & came home to sit listening for the bombs to drop but thankful when they did not come. Thinking they had been beaten back on the coast, but alas for the midlands.
I must close with my best love to you all
Dear Mar & Pa
Just a line to let you know I am OK. We have settled down again to business after a good rest. We have hit on a good place this time the office having a good room. We are billeted in houses here and sleep in a bed of a nights. I can tell you we take some getting up now. When we do get up there is a nice cup of coffee awaiting us oh what a change. I met Billy Garner out here about a week ago he said he was expecting to be going home any day so he might drop in and have a word with you of course he’s the same as ever. You want to divide what he tells you by 4 and take the remainder for your answer.
The weather has been pretty decent it’s nice to see the sunshine. I was quite surprised to know Gladys was 18 my word how time flys. I must be getting an old un. I have had so many letters to answer this last few weeks that I don’t really know who I’ve written to but I fancy I dropped a pc lately. I was very pleased to hear of Gladys success I am very pleased indeed to think we’ve got such a clever kid in the family. We are quite amongst civilization here and had a couple of eggs & chips for dinner finishing up with the ever present coffee quite nice to be able to get ones old chips but I am already beginning to feel bloated again. I am OK for flash light refills at present. Tell Mar glad to hear you are all OK I am. One of our men went on leave yesterday Gladys might hear from him.
We heard about the Zepps alright & I am inclined to believe what you said when the weather gets settled & the wind in their favour but at least we shan’t be taken unawares. So I think there’s very little to be afraid of. Well Bye Bye for present. Drop me a line Gladys if you get that birthday present OK. Hope it suits you
152 High Street
Southend on Sea
Feb 8. 16
Sorry you could not come down last week, but we are looking forward to seeing you this.
How do you like this weather it is very cold here I shall be very glad when the summer comes.
There is a book at home called “Guy Fawkes” I should be glad of it if you can find it without much trouble. It is a red covered book, farely thick I am almost certain it is on the shelf in the spare-room. I also told Affie I believe you have a new table cloth at home; of course I may be wrong I cannot remember for certain; but if you have & do not require it at all she would be very pleased with it.
I have not joined the army yet, but it looks as though there will be a big move made after 3rd March. What do you think about it all? I am not anxious to become a soldier, but still it is no use to trouble about that; if compulsion comes into force one must make the best of it as plenty of others will have to do.
I am very sorry to have to trouble you; but I am very short of money almost on the rocks. I brought a suit from a friend for 30/- cost 55/-. Albert has lent me the money. I did not like having it as I could not afford to pay for it, but as he said one does not get the chance of bargains like that every day. I am also badly in want of socks & a few other small articles.
You will no doubt think this letter is nothing else but asking for things. I would not trouble you if I could possibly avoid it, but everything seems pretty rotten at present.
Well Father I think I must conclude now.
Glad to say we are all well & hope you are keeping in the best of health.
With much love from
From your devoted
Feb 4th 1916
- 9 Avenue
I received your letter after a long while waiting. We are having some dreadful cold weather. I should say the soldiers must feel it in the trenches it must be awful I shall be glad when the war is over. What does Fred & George say about the war. I suppose they have seen some awful sights. Well I hope that they will keep in good health through it all. How are you keeping. I have had nothing but colds all winter. You know I told you in one of my letters Arthur did not like baking so we are out of it. He has sold the oven. He sold it for 100 and 50 dollars. He said he would pay me the money I put in but he as only give me 1 pound so far and we have been out of the baking about 8 months. I can tell you he will never have anything of mine again and I never had any wages all the time you know while we were baking. We brought a cow and chickens & lots of things which would take a long time to write about and I am in a hurry to write to you but you don’t write much. His Dave at Sarah yet I thought of writing to him. I am in a situation. I want to buy myself some clothes and, am awfully in the want of a new wig and it all takes money.
I am thinking of sending to England for one.
Write soon from your affectionate sister
Love from myself and George