G. Hammond letter 26 August 1917.

G. Hammond letter 26 August 1917.

Sunday

26-8 17

My dear Mother & Father

By the time you receive this I shall most likely have had my 3rd birthday away from home.  Am I 23 or 24.  I quite forget.  Well I must be getting on in life now judging from the way my moustache flourishes.  Now I have a little surprise for you both.  I am sending your birthday present on Wednesday don’t think this is a decoy to get you to send me something.  I would much rather you gave me the money to Pa to look after for me.  He takes such good care of it.  The only difficulty is Pa sees something he likes and having no money of his own say, Oh well I will buy it out of this and to pay it back next week.  Knowing all the time it is hopeless.

Now I am sending a pipe for Pa only to be smoked on Special occasions.  The paste is to polish it with not to smoke, and for Ma there is a little silver purse.  I have already written and told Gladys it is your purse and not to be ***.  You will also find my watch inside which wants repairing immediately, cleaning, new second hand, new luminous figures & fingers & a new saddler made wrist strap.  If you can get it done within a week or 10 days send it here.  I want it as soon as possible especially as the nights are getting dark.  Glad to hear you have managed to secure good digs see & have a good time.  I expect to find ma looking very fit when I come on leave.  I had a letter from Gladys today she says Salman is going home on leave.  Well this is all at present we are working very hard 7 am until 7 pm.  I shall be fit for a Brig Gen after this – perhaps – I forgot to tell you Mr Smith*** could have given you the address of some digs in Hoylake.  Don’t forget the watch.  Had a FPC from Gus the other day.  He is OK

Fondest love

George

PS I shall send the parcel home G

 

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F. Springett letter 26 August 1917.

F. Springett letter 26 August 1917.

 

FOR GOD, FOR KING & FOR COUNTRY

Y.M.C.A.

H.M. FORCES ON ACTIVE SERVICE

 

August 26th 1917

Same address

 

Sunday afternoon.

 

My Dear Brother Sid,

Just a few lines in answer to your welcome letter received a few days ago.  Glad to hear that you were quite well I am still A1.

I am sorry to hear that you haven’t much work but perhaps by now you have.  I do hope they still keep you busy at Crayford if they don’t anywhere else. Ha Ha!

Yes we keep getting a few air raids, we were up till 12.30 one night last week when the Zepps came over Yorkshire.  We had just gone to bed when the order came through, to get up and get full pack together.

You can bet there was a little cursing going on.

Of course we didn’t see anything of them.  That’s the sort of thing that ones has to put up with.

Still it makes a bit of sport as well as being a damn nuisance.

It’s quite a bit of sport when they come in the day time.  We had to run and get our gas helmets, and then bolt off to the trenches that are made for the job.  Some of the chaps get the wind up.  They never worry me very much it’s no use worrying in the Army.

We are doing a lot of trench warfare work now, practically every day we are in the trenches.

We are also finishing our bombing course shortly and also bayonet fighting.

We have just started on Lewis Machine Guns this week.

So you will see they want us to know something of anything.

Last Monday they brought two German Destroyers in “down here”.

Perhaps you have heard about it, or read it in the papers.

I have seen them today, they are painted very funny, half black and half white with big black spots.

The weather here is fairly good. Only we are on the top of a hill and the dust is something awful when it blows.  I shall be jolly glad when we get away from this place, and besides it is getting quite cold enough for canvas life.

Well, Sid I don’t think I have any more news this time, I hope you enjoyed your trip on the river.

Well Goodbye

Best Love

From Your

Affec Brother

Frank W

 

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

Postmarked HARWICH 7.15 PM 25 AU 17.