Y.M.C.A headed notepaper
Pte. A.A. Smith
Reply to “C” Company 12th Bat. Essex Regt
Stationed at Dovercourt
June 19th 1916
I expect you received my letter I sent to Southend did not have time to write more then.
I have settled down to camp again now, but it took a little time after the enjoyable holiday I had. When we got back on Monday we had no blankets only our mattresses; so I used my overcoat as a cover & was soon asleep; have had a bad cold since but am alright again now. It is much better now we are having fine weather the ground is dry again.
I had a nice job on Sunday 24 hours guard. It was jolly fine had nothing to do but lie on the sands all day watching the girls bathing; we only had to keep guard for two hours each after dark; it was like having a days holiday by the sea but very different to last Sunday.
Would you mind sending a card before you post another parcel please, & I will answer it. There is a rumour we are moving to Romford next week; I do not believe anything until we really start there are so many tales about but this one seems to be very general. I hope it is true I shall not be so far from home then.
I believe you said you were going to Farnham next Saturday, I hope you will have a good time remember me to all of them. I wrote to Ciss this week.
Cannot think of any more news to tell you.
Hope you are all well
With much love