WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 17 January 1917

WAR DIARY of AA Laporte Payne 17 January 1917


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Brigade Diary, Personal Diary, Operation Orders, Note Books, Memoranda



M.F.L.P. January 17.1917.

It is fearfully cold here. It is snowing hard now, and it lies thick on the ground.  Thank you very much for the parcel of books for the men.

Alf Smith’s letter 17 Jan 1917

No 27521

Pte. A. Smith

3rd Essex Regt

Att 27th Training Reserve

“G” Company

Parkeston Harwich


Jan 17th 16 Year should be 1917


Dear Father


Many thanks for your welcome letter received to-day.

How do you like this snowy weather?  It is very dirty here marching about, but one gets used to it & it is not so bad if you have got a good pair of boots.  Roll on when the summer comes.

It is ages since I have seen Miss Upton.  I am glad they are all well.

Thank you for the parcel, but I don’t think you will be able to send any more to Parkston. I am leaving here on Sunday unless there is any alteration.  I shall go to Southend first as I shall have to bring all my kit with me & I don’t want to cart it about.  I want to have a run round town to see Pat & Ciss if there is time so I shall probably come to Wood Green on Monday; but I will try & let you know more definite when I know for certain when I shall be leaving & how many days I have got.

We finished on the range last Monday. I am a 2nd Class shot & I believe a 1st but have not seen the scores yet.  I am not sorry we have finished it was terribly cold.

Please excuse more news now.

Glad you are all well.

Am looking forward to seeing you soon.


Au revoir

With much love from

Your devoted