Y.M.C.A headed notepaper.
Pte. A.A. Smith
Reply to “C” Company 12th Bat Essex Regt
Stationed at Dovercourt
May 9 1916
I was very pleased to receive your letter.
We are having a shocking time now; went under canvas on Monday sleeping 12 in a tent it has been raining ever since. I should be very glad of another parcel; but please leave it until you hear from me again; we are so cramped up even a box of matches takes up a lot of room perhaps we shall be able to arrange things a little better soon.
There does not seem much chance of getting a pass yet. We have all had a good try but they treat us worse than pigs.
Cannot stop to write more now.
Glad to say I am quite well & hope you all are the same.
With much love