Y.M.C.A headed notepaper
Pte. A.A. Smith
Reply to “C” Company 12th Bat. Essex Regt
Stationed at Dovercourt
May 25 1916
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