Alf Smith’s letter Nov 1916

No 27521

Pte. A. Smith

3rd Essex Regt

“C” Company





Dear Father


Just a few lines to let you know we are so far settled.

I met my friend down here & we are now sitting on the sea-front.

We have not got to do anything until tomorrow morning so the best thing to do is to keep out of the way we know a thing or two now.


Will write more later

With much love

Your devoted



Alf Smith’s letter 21 Nov 1916

Mr. A. Smith,

C/O Mrs. Dewell,

Clarkson Terrace.

12, Gainsborough Rd.,


Nov 21st 16


Dear Father


Many thanks for sending my letters & papers on.  No doubt you have been expecting to hear from me before, but I have had so many letters to write, & we are drilling all day until tea time.

I am beginning to settle down to army life again but it seems very rough the first start off.

There are several men here that were out with me in France & more keep on coming in every day.

You will note that I have given you the address where I am staying it will be better to address letters there as I shall not have to go round to the dining hall then where they are given out.

I am pleased to say the person where we are staying is very nice she will do anything for us brings in tea & cakes, & different things; so I generally get her to make tea for me the army food is very bad.

How did you get on with the safety razor are you going to purchase one?  Guess I will see you shaving yourself next time I come home.

It has been very wet & cold here lately but today has been much better quite warm again.

How is Mr & Mrs. Warman I was pleased to receive Lilian’s letter & will write to her very soon.

I have not had time to look at the paper received this morning so if there is a letter enclosed you will understand why I have not answered it.

I have not any more news to tell you at present.

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


With much love from

Your devoted