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


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