A.A. Laporte Payne letter 4 January 1917.

A.A. Laporte Payne letter 4 January 1917.




January 4th 19167.


My own,


Thank you so much for your letter just arrived. I am back at the battery and I must send you a note before I go to the trenches, which I shall have to do in ten minutes time, so I can’t say much.  I had the joy this morning of discovering a Boche battery and I was instrumental in giving them rather a bad time this afternoon.


The weather is finer but colder so I have just been issuing some rum to the men for tea. I have not heard the secret yet.  When am I going to be enlightened?  I have never been so curious before – but then you see you are concerned.  I can’t write this afternoon my hands are so cold –please forgive the scribble.


So you guessed who sent the watch. Was it a bow at a venture or did you really guess?  You must have so many admirers.


I suppose it’s no use denying as I want to say change it if you don’t like it. I received this from the silly people “We much regret that the selection from our catalogue is not in stock at the moment, but we have sent a somewhat similar watch.”  So please change it for anything else you want.  That is the worst of living in exile.  You are at the mercy of these people.


I must reluctantly close now.

With my fondest love, darling, and many kisses.

Ever yours


Alf Smith’s letter 4 Jan1917

No 27521

Pte. A. Smith

3rd Essex Regt

Att 27th Training Reserve

“G” Company

Parkeston Harwich


Jan 4th 17


Dear Father


Thank you very much for the parcel received to-day.  You are certainly an expert at choosing things they are all very nice; & nothing you buy seems to come up from what one receives from home.  Think of me to-night having supper I have such a variety I hardly know which to choose but I think I it will be bread & butter &jelly & I shall have to finish up with one of Ethel’s’ mince pies.  The pot of jam will be very nice.  I sometimes have fish & chips for supper it goes down alright for a change.

I am sorry you have all had colds but I am glad you are better again.

How did you enjoy your Xmas. I hope Uncle William was well it is a long time since I have seen him.

I have been very lucky for parcels this week. I had a piece of Xmas pudding & some mince pies from Mrs. Pat yesterday they are all gone now good things do not last long with me.

Well I know you do not like long letters so I think I must finish now. Short & sweet.

Have you heard from Southend I have not had a letter lately?

Well Au revoir

With much love from

Your devoted