Alf Smith’s letter 21 May 1916

Y.M.C.A headed notepaper

Pte. A.A. Smith

No 27521

Reply to “C” Company 12th Bat. Essex Regt

Stationed at Dovercourt


May 21st 1916


Dear Father


Many thanks for your welcome letter.  I am glad you enjoyed yourself at Thames Ditton & that they are all well.

Everything is going alright here it is not so bad under canvas now it is better weather although it is rather warm at present.

I had a good try to get on to the Dental Staff saw the Colonel about it, he is the highest one here but the army rules are that nobody can obtain a transfer to the R.A.M.C. or the A.S.C. that is for General Service so I shall have to go through & make the best of it.  I don’t think there is much chance of getting to Aldershot either so I should be very pleased to receive a parcel when you have time to send one along.

Well Father I am still looking forward to seeing you but it seems quite impossible at present as we have to do Sunday parades now; several of us enquired about it last week; I shall be going on the range firing soon that is practically the last stage we get home for 4 days after that; but of course we might be over here a long time before going out to the front.

Have you heard how Joe Fillory is getting on?  I have met several Southend men here lately; one that used to go to the Higher Grade School with me now living at Westcliff.

I have not very much news to tell you this time so must conclude.


Hoping you are all well

With much love

Your devoted




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