Pte. A. Smith
3rd Essex Regt
Att 27th Training Reserve
Dec 29th 16
I thought I would let you know that I shall not get any Xmas leave, week-end passes are also stopped. We asked the Captain about it yesterday & he told us that only 10% of the company were allowed to go. There are a lot absent already, & they are going the right way to make a lot more chaps bunk off the prison is already full up; but never mind roll on the time when and the war is over that will be the best news.
Well how did you spend Xmas I hope you had a happy time? We had a farely good time considering; for dinner we had roast beef, pork, vegetables, a small piece of pudding, fruit & cigarettes; the pies would have been alright but the mince-meat was missing. I went to the Y.M. in the evening it was not so bad everything was free.
I think I have nearly come to the end of the news now, so I wish you all a very happy New Year & that it will be much brighter for everybody than this has been.
I hope you are all in the best of health.
With much love to Jess, Ethel & Winnie, & yourself
P.S. please remember me to Mr. & Mrs. Warman & Lilian & wish them the compliments of the season. I hope they are quite well.