6649 Pte F.W. Springett
D Company 1ST Platoon
22nd Training Reserve
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
I am writing this in the tent at 9 o’clock, so I post it in the morning.