F. Smith letter 16 August 1917.

F. Smith letter 16 August 1917.

Aug 16th 17


Dear Father


I will now endeavour to answer your welcome letter also the enclosed 10/- note thank you very much it is very kind of you indeed.

Well here goes for a little bit of news in general.  I had a parcel from Albert to-day, also a card to say he was safe after the air raid; did they visit your way this time?

I see you are on your lonesome at present but no doubt you manage to pass the time away by running round the houses & having a chat with some of your old friends.

We have been having a rough time lately went in the line last Friday & came out on Tuesday it was a very rough shop & the weather being so wet made it much worse.  We are a little way back at present & don’t expect to go in again I believe we are going right back for a good rest very soon.

I mean to have a good time too.  Your money will come in fine then.  I am always glad to have a parcel but it is rather fortunate you have not sent one lately as we have been on the move so much.  I hope we shall be settled down in a few days again & I have it a bit easier it has been all work cleaning up &c have not had any leisure time.

You ought to see me now clothes all torn where I caught them on the barbed wire & am feeling very hitchy-koo am looking forward to a bath & a clean change.

Please tell Mrs. Warman & Lilian I have not forgotten their letter I hope they are well.

I think you must excuse more news now as I have so many letters to answer.

Hoping you merry & bright & keeping in the best of health.

Au revoir

With much love

Your devoted



P.S. Did Clara receive the two cards I sent the children about three weeks ago or longer.



F. Springett letter 15 August 1917.

F. Springett letter 15 August 1917.






August 15th 1917

Same address

Wednesday evening


My Dear Brother Sid,

Just a few lines in answer to your welcome letter of yesterday, so pleased to hear you were quite well as I am still in the pink.  Glad you got back alright, I suppose you are quite settled down by now.

Fancy 33 in a carriage it is a bit too bad, I had a first class all the way from Paddock Wood, they can’t pull soldiers about as they like.  Ha Ha.

I am quite settled down to the usual work again now, we have been trench-digging this last day or two.  I dodged it all yesterday afternoon, but of course you have to be a bit slippery.  Ha Ha.

Glad you have got plenty of work.

Yes you were quite a smoker during the holiday, a cigarette is alright in the army. There is nothing better.

No there don’t seem any truth about us going across yet of course you know we should never go out as a Training Reserve, always a Regiment. I am still in the sixth Brigade, only a different Battn.  There are four Battns to a Brigade.

Yes, if I were at home I would practice all day on that weight.

It was fine sport I enjoyed it very much.

I was in part of that air raid on Sunday. I saw five of them, the guns drove them off.

The guns are a bit too hot I think, for them round this way.

It makes a bit of sport when they come, but of course it is jolly bad when they kill people.

Well, Sid I had a jolly nice parcel from home today, the contents were jolly good.

No Sid I am very well off at present thank you very much, and shall be for a week or two I hope.

I went down to the Palace at Harwich on Saturday it was jolly good. ”Some fine girls on the stage”.  Ha Ha.

Well, Sid I haven’t any more news at present, so I will close hoping this letter finds you quite well.

With Best Love

From Your

Affec Brother

Frank W

Write soon.


With cover to Mr S.K. Springett, 29 Bath Road Dartford Kent

Postmarked HARWICH 9.45 AM 16 AU 17