Pte. A. Smith
3rd Essex Regt
Att 27th Training Reserve
Jan 4th 17
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