Pte. A Smith
C Co12th Batt
Many thanks for your letter. I am very pleased to receive some news from home. I had a letter from Albert by the same post.
I am getting along very well. We have had plenty of drilling, & marching it is more like being back at school again. Today we were vaccinated. I believe the next performance is inoculation.
I should be very pleased to see you Father; but I do not think it would be worth your while to come down. For one reason I do not know how long we are here for, & it is useless to ask; you know nothing in the army until you are told to pack up your kit & depart & another thing one has to hold your own with soldiers. I hope to get some leaf (leave) in about a month’s time.
You ought to see the way we feed; it is more like feeding a lot of wilde beasts you have to fight for it.
We have some very happy times in the Y.M.C.A. hut concerts & only soldiers are allowed. I spend every evening round here it is too dark outside.
We had a church parade on Sunday to Harwich.
I have some very nice friends here.
It has been very windy & wet here today.
I shall have plenty to tell you when I come home it is quite an experience.
Well I think I must conclude. With much love to Jess, Ethel & yourself.
Remember me to all enquiring friends.