Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 18 October 1916

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 18 October 1916

 

 

Royal Naval Barracks

Government crested notepaper

 

Leslie Boyce No 2686

N 15 Mess E Block,

Royal Naval b.

Devonport

18.10.16

 

Dear Sir,

 

I would have written to you before but I have not had any stamps.

 

I arrived here after a long journey of 7 hours. Last Friday I went to see the Chaplain and I believe he is going to write to you.  Last Sunday I went to Holy Communion after the preparation on the Saturday night.

 

I am just settling down more and am beginning to like it very much.   I have started my 12 weeks coarse{sic} of seamanship and it is very interesting I wrote to Mr. Mannering & Mrs. Dawson and am expecting a reply.

 

The little Bible that you gave me I have found a great help & I read it every night now without fail. Every morning we have the morning prayer out of the Prayer Book with all the boys & Officers drawn up.  We all have the battle hymn “Holy Father in Thy Mercy” & it reminds me of Christ Church.  Hoping you will reply

From Yours Truly

Leslie Boyce

 

Kind regards to all the family.

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 18 October 1916

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 18 October 1916

 

On A.S.C. crested notepaper.

Pte J. Plumb

K Supply Coy

A.S.C. 216949

No 2 Camp

Thornhill

Aldershot

18/10/16

 

Dear Sir,

 

Thank you for your kind letter, you will be interested to know, I am on draft for France & may have to go any minute or it may be weeks, I hope to see Finchley first, & should be glad if you would pray that I might.  I am getting on as well as can be expected I think.  As my stay is so uncertain here & the room so limited I had rather not have any parcel sent me, there is 10 of us in a bell tent about 16 feet across the floor, there are swarms of soldiers here.  Please remember me to all at the Vicarage & those who are interested in me, I have got my full equipment for France.  I remain yours gratefully & sincerely J. Plumb.