F. Springett letter 26 August 1917.
FOR GOD, FOR KING & FOR COUNTRY
H.M. FORCES ON ACTIVE SERVICE
August 26th 1917
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.
With cover to Mr S.K. Springett, 29 Bath Road Dartford Kent
Postmarked HARWICH 7.15 PM 25 AU 17.