F. Springett letter 15 August 1917.
FOR GOD, FOR KING & FOR COUNTRY
H.M. FORCES ON ACTIVE SERVICE
August 15th 1917
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
With cover to Mr S.K. Springett, 29 Bath Road Dartford Kent
Postmarked HARWICH 9.45 AM 16 AU 17