Pte. A. Smith
3rd Essex Regt
Att 27th Training Reserve
Dec 2nd 16
Thank you very much for your parcel received this afternoon. I was looking forward to it coming; it is a very nice cake & the jelly & paste will be tres bon for lunch or supper all the things are very nice.
Well Dad how is everything going I hope you are quite well? Pleased to say I am A1 & settled down to the army again now. We are having a farely good time considering, it is very cold out in the fields drilling but we have a comfortable billet a good fire every evening. I don’t know how long they will let us stop here but I think we are safe for a while.
You will notice I have given you the army address this time the letters etc come through alright, but the postmen make a fuss about having to deliver each one separate so it will be better in future to direct them to the Regiment.
I hope Jess, Ethel & Winnie are quite well I will write to them the first opportunity but I have been writing about two letters each day I cannot get level with them yet.
I am looking forward to seeing you soon I think it is farely certain we get six days either before or after Xmas.
Well I think I must finish now.
With much love to you all
From your devoted