Alf Smith’s letter 17 Oct 1916

No 27521

St Andrews Hospital




Oct 17th 16


Dear Father


Many thanks for your letter, note paper, also newspaper just received.

I am glad to say I am getting on fine.  We had a grand time last Friday went for a motor drive to the Matron’s house at Ulleswater saw the lake; the scenery was grand I shall have to tell you about it when I see you.  We had the best of everything to eat two servants to wait on us swank I can tell you & after tea we had a whist drive I got third prize.  There was also another whist drive in the ward on Saturday so you see we manage to enjoy ourselves alright.

I had a letter from my friend in France he has got the things that belong to me & he said he would endeavour to send them on I gave him your address in case I had left here so you will know if a parcel comes.  It is very difficult to send parcels especially views so he may not be able to do it.  You might let me know the cost of postage if it does come.

I am afraid I look too well to stay here much longer, although some of the men are being sent to convalescent homes for a month or six weeks.  I shall be very pleased to come home & see you one gets rather tired of doing nothing every day; but I mean to keep convalescent as long as possible you can see it is a policy to do so.  the food is jolly good & plenty of it.

I am glad you enjoyed yourself at Southend.

What sort of weather are you getting it is very wet here.

I have not very much news to tell you this time so I think I must finish now.

I hope you are all well


With much love

From your devoted



P.S. Have you heard from Ciss yet.  I should like to see her when I come home.