A.A. Laporte Payne letter to Muriel 9 September 1917
September 9th 1917
My dearest love,
Thank you so much for your letter, which cheered me up tremendously. Tomorrow being Monday Mother & Father go to Worthing and I propose travelling to town by the 9.40 a.m. arriving at Victoria at 11.10 – if I don’t miss it.
When I arrive I will phone to you and ask what you propose doing
- tomorrow night – place for dinner – theatre etc.
- Tuesday – what seaside resort shall have the honour of your presence and who can – or rather who will be so unselfish as to put themselves out for me and my mad schemes. I leave all to you.
I think I am a bit better and I hope by now I am more presentable than I was and that you will not mind being seen with me.
We have had a quite easy time here and though the weather has not been all that it might have been, it has not been at all bad.
How are you dear? Quite alright I hope. I shall have to talk seriously to you when I see you about something – it requires a little explanation – all my fault I know – but then I am like that – guess what it is.
Give my love to Mrs Cross.
With all my best love dearest & kisses
Letter from F. Smith 7 September 1917
Sept 7th 17
My Dear Father
Thank you for the Pictorial received yesterday, about two days earlier this week.
I saw in one of the papers that you have had some sports &c in the village of Wood Green. Did you see anything of General French I was wondering if you invited him to tea as he might have given you a tip when the war was going to finish.
What sort of weather are you getting in Blighty it is very nice here now. We went for our summer holidays to the seaside on Monday, about 20 from each company 100 altogether we left about 8.30 A.M. in motor lorries & arrived about 12 o’clock. It was a very quiet spot but still it was nice to get a day’s holiday & have a look at the sea & boats the first since I left England; the only part was it made one long to be over the other side. We had free beer & tea & there was a canteen there left about 6.30 P.M. had a very good time the ride was very enjoyable.
How did you enjoy yourself at Southend? I had a parcel from Albert this week & a letter from Ciss to-day. I see by the papers you have been having several air raids lately.
I suppose you still go to the West End occasionally how is everything looking up there?
Cannot think of any more news to tell you this time.
Hoping you are still as merry as ever & in the best of health.
Glad to say I am A1.
Please remember me to all whom I know including Miss Dimond & Darvills.
I shall be glad to hear from you soon.
With much love to you all
From your devoted
Letter from F. Hammond 7 September 1917
Dear F & M
Just a line to let you know I am jogging along nice and quietly. The weather has been much more settled lately but last night we had the usual thunderstorm. We have been having sports in the village and football is in full swing. The cinema show is also going strong. I went the other night it was really good. Our concert party are giving a show tonight so you will see we are having a rather lively time just now. Otherwise there is nothing to relate. The war seems to be jogging on as usual. It looks very much like another year’s campaign before it will be over so may get another Leave before it finishes with a bit of luck. Did you have a good time on your Holidays. How’s Par’s allotment going on. I suppose he will soon be preparing it for next year. How’s the Lawn looking now. Does the implement of torture do its work OK.
Suppose Gladys will have settled down again to her studies. I suppose she’s been having a good time. How’s Jack going on I shall have to drop him a line as I owe him a letter. Still I might be able to see him before very long. Well I think this is all this time. Hoping you are all OK
Letter from F. Springett 7 September 1917
FOR GOD, FOR KING & FOR COUNTRY
H.M. FORCES ON ACTIVE SERVICE
Sept 7th 1917
My Dear Brother Sid,
Just a few lines in answer to your letter of a few days ago. I was so pleased to hear that you were quite well as I am still in the “pink”.
Glad to hear that you have a little more work we never get out of a job down this way. Ha Ha.
I am sorry the rain spoilt your trip but I guess you enjoyed yourself alright.
You got wet inside “eh”. Sounds bad.
Dad wrote and told me about his job in London, it will be jolly fine for him.
We are moving this week Sid, I guess I shall be closer home, if the rumour is right.
Do not write you hear from me again please.
It as been very wet down here this last night or two. The rain simply pours in the tent so you can guess how pleased I shall be to get out of canvas and off the East Coast too.
Well, Sid you must excuse this short letter as I haven’t much time to spare so I will say Goodbye.
Your Affec Brother
With cover to Mr S.K. Springett, 29 Bath Road Dartford Kent
Postmarked HARWICH 7.45 PM 7 SP 17.