Alf Smith letter 28 Feb 1917


Letter with small picture of St Martin’s Plain Shorncliffe

Feb 28th 17


Dear Father


Thought I would just let you know how far we have got on in our travels at present.  I expect you have received my P.C.

We left Felixstowe at 7.30 P.M. last night, got to Liverpool Street at 10.30 P.M. went on the Met: from there to Charing Cross.  I felt very much like having a run round town on a bus you can bet; left by the 1.40 A.M. train for Shorncliffe got here at 4.30 this morning.

One is just like a prison here; there is about 1 sq. mile of very large houses all boarded in no chance of escape.  I should think it must be a fine place in peace time.

What do you think of the news lately?  It looks very good I think the Kaiser will soon have to give in or come to terms.

There are several canteens &c within the boundary of the iron cage so we can amuse ourselves alright.

I believe we leave here at 2 P.M. for Folkestone or Dover.

Will write again soon.

Hoping you are in the best of health also Jess, Ethel & Winnie.

How is Mr. & Mrs. Warman & Lilian remember me to them.

Well I think I must finish now.


With much love to you all

Your devoted




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