F.W. Springett letter 24 May 1917

6649 Pte F.W. Springett

D Company 1ST Platoon

22nd Training Reserve

St. Albans

Herts

May 24th 1917

 

My Dear Brother Sid,

I received your welcome letter on Tuesday very pleased to hear you were quite well as I am quite well at present.  Yes Dad told me in his letter of today that there had been a strike, but he never said you had been in it.  Fancy you coming out on strike you ought to be ashamed of yourself Ha Ha.  Still I don’t suppose you would have done it, only I expect you were forced too.

Strikes are very serious and no mistake.  Fancy us working for a 1/- a day while others can go and earn £1 every week and then are not satisfied.  “It is not right”.  Yes we did have an awful storm Sunday night.  It was alright under canvas I can tell you.  We were lucky to get a good tent so the water did not come in, but in some it was awful they were washed out.  It did rain and no mistake, and it lasted about three hours.

I am sorry to say I shan’t be home for Whitsun.  What a shame, and I was looking to go home ever so much.  Still I suppose I shall get a leave before I go across the pond.  I am afraid I shall be wanted across there, even if the fighting finishes soon.  It will be a long job I am afraid.

It is a grand day here today. We are still very busy with bayonet fighting and gas helmets and plenty of Company Drill.  I am used to canvas life now, but it is not so nice as billets.  We have to parade at 6.30 in the morning.  The grub we get is a trifle better now, but of course I have to spend all my money I get on cleaning stuff and food.  We are having some sports for Whitsun so perhaps it won’t be so bad a holiday.  I don’t think I have any more to say this time so I will close

From your

Affec Brother

Frank

I am writing this in the tent at 9 o’clock, so I post it in the morning.

Excuse writing.

Letter to Muriel 24 May 1917

Letter to Muriel 24 May 1917 with cover to Miss Muriel Cross, C/O Post Office, Eardiston, Tenby Wells Worcester. Army Post Office R.W.3. postmark dated My 24 17.  Passed Field Censor 2232 stamp and signed A.A. Laporte Payne.

 

B.E.F.

May 24th 1917

 

There are a few minutes spare before I go to another Court-Martial this morning so I am writing to let you know I am still thinking of you and to thank you so much for your letter from Paddington and the box of cigarettes which I am now smoking – one of the cigarettes I mean. You are a very naughty girl you know to send another large box of cigarettes – but it is very nice to have a naughty little girl all to oneself.

 

This court martial is a horrid nuisance just when I am in the middle of superintending the construction of dug-outs and a telephone system.  It is not pleasant work to do either but they have got to be done.

 

How do you like your work and surroundings? You are having perfect weather judging by what we are getting here.  To-day is perfectly lovely.

 

What lots we could do if we were together – we could go to the sea and bathe all day long and eat ices and go for a sail and doze on the beach and all sorts of things. Don’t you think I am ridiculous imagining all these impossibilities.

 

I know all the places you mention well from Henley days – Maidenhead, Reading, etc.

 

I should love to see you & Maude all on your own.

 

Vyvyan Pearse has just written a letter to congratulate me. He says “You are a lucky devil; I must say I admire your choice.”

 

Give my love to Maude.

Tell her I will write sometime.

Frightfully busy – so please forgive short note.

 

With all my love dearest & kisses

Ever yours

Archie.