Alf Smith letter 6 April 1917

April 6th 17


Dear Father


I am still anxiously waiting to hear from you.  I should think they are lost, stolen, or strayed; it is quite three weeks now since I had a letter from anybody.

In case you did not get my last note you would not know my present abode: – No 27521 Pte. A.A. Smith 10th Essex Regt ‘C’ Company No 10 Platoon B.E.F. France.

Have you had any hot X buns to-day but I don’t expect that troubles you very much; it makes no difference here one day is the same as another but I mean to have a jolly good time when I get home again.  What do you say?

We have been having very rough weather here, but it is much better now; last Tuesday I woke up & found the blankets covered in about 2 in of snow how would you like that?  Thought I was sleeping in white sheets.  I am none the worse for it glad to say I a keeping A.1.

In my last letter I mentioned that I should be pleased to have a parcel now.  Will tell you a few things I should like if you can get them.  Bourbon creams or custard cream biscuits, a small pot of jelly & paste, a box of chocolates, & a cake; also some Harrisons pomade I think you can get it at Boots.  The animals are beginning to bite one cannot help it in this country.

Well how is everything going at Wood Green I hope you are all in the best of health & still smiling.

The war news looks very good still don’t you think. I don’t think it will be very long before it is ‘finis’.  I would like to have the Sunday Pictorial occasionally. We get Daily papers here sometimes price 2 ½ d they are always two or three days old.

How are Darvills & Miss Dimond & all other friends that I know I intend to write to them but have not had much time lately.

Cannot think of any more news to tell you so must finish now hoping to hear all the latest news from you soon.

With much love from

Your devoted