Alf Smith’s letter 25 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 25 1916


Dear Father


Many thanks for the parcel received to-day. I know I shall enjoy them all very much; also for a letter from Jess which I got a day earlier.

It was very thoughtful of you to send the street door key, perhaps you were thinking I would make use of it & come home; but that is impossible at present.  We start firing on the big range to-morrow, which lasts about 10 days directly after that we have 4 days holidays.

What do you think of all this conscription business?  I see you are not within the age limit yet.  I am afraid your poor feet would be rather tender after a long march.

The King is supposed to be coming to Felixstowe on Monday we have been getting ready for him.  I believe we are going over there.

Glad to say I am quite well & hope you are all in the best of health.


With much love from

From your devoted