Pte. A Smith letter 8 Apr 1916

 

Pte. A Smith

No 27521

“C” Co12th Batt

Essex Regt

Dovercourt

 

April 8 16

 

Dear Father

 

Thank you very much for parcel received this afternoon; the lid was broken slightly but everything was there according to your list.  You could not have thought of anything better to send; they are absolutely what I want.  It is the first parcel I have received so it was all the more welcome.

I am getting along very nicely.  It is just like summer here now am getting quite brown with this weather.  I should think it will be very nice at Farnham this week I wish I was with you.

I can handle a rifle all right now have not had any firing yet. We had a lecture on bomb throwing the other day; it makes you feel very comfortable when you are told the damage such small things can do.

I sent the income tax form away. I put my private address at Southend I thought it best to do that as my business address was there.  If they send a cheque I can sign it & forward it on to you but I do not expect they will hurry themselves.

I have been able to find out more about getting leave. It has been stopped until this week owing to men exceeding the time which was 48 hours they have reduced it to 24 now so we have got to suffer for what others have done it is a bit rough.  You cannot claim leave until you have been here 1 month which will make it Easter for me, so you can bet I shall put in for it & hope to get it then or as soon after as possible; of course you have to take your turn.

Well Father I have not anymore news to tell you. I expect you think I have been writing rather long letters lately.

Please remember me to Ciss & Charlie & all at Farnham tell Ciss I believe I owe her a letter I will write in a day or two.

Mind you are not nabbed for a soldier while you are at Aldershot because I reckon you would make a jolly fine colonel.

Well au revoir

 

With much love

Your devoted

Son

Alf

 

 

P.S. Did you think to take the number on that form in case we have to write again for it?  I quite forgot to do so; but it doesn’t matter as we can get over that alright.

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