Alf Smith letter 7 December 1917

Dec 7th 17


Dear Father


How do you like this cold weather it makes one hop about when you put your head out of the blankets & have to break the ice to wash what do you say?

One good thing we can manage to keep comfortable in camp better than in the line we came out of the trenches last Tuesday night.

I received the two Pictorials together I could not understand not receiving the first one before but it appears it went to the 11th the address is quite plain enough but I had one go there once before so I thought I would mention it; if you make the 0 plainer it will be quite alright.

No doubt you will think I am asking for several things at once, but I should be rather glad of some money as we are supposed to be out for a rest until after Xmas although it looks rather doubtful to me at present but if we are we sure to go back to a town or village & there will be a chance of buying eggs & chips & a few other luxuries & I think they manage to have a good bust up at Xmas considering all things.

Old Fritz is not very thoughtful he is making us waste a lot of matches just write a few lines & the whistle goes for lights out. I hope he has not paid you any visits lately.

How do the shops look in London I suppose they are not making much show this year.

I received a letter from Lilian this week glad they are all well.

Have you seen the Tank in Trafalgar Square I expect it is a bit cleaner than what they are in this country.  Are you going to buy any shares?

Well I think I must finish now; cannot tell you any fresh news.

I hope you are all in the best of health.  Glad to say I am tres bien.

With much love from

Your devoted



F. Springett letter 7 December 1917





Friday Evening 1917

Same Address Deal



My Dear Brother Sid,

Just a few lines in haste hope they will find you in the best of health as it leaves me very well at present.

I have been down here since last Sunday but are going back tomorrow. “Thank Goodness for that”.

It is about 15 miles from Margate so you see it’s a decent little march.

I have just reckoned our marching up this week and by the time we get back to Margate it will be about eighty miles.  “Some boot leather gone.”  Ha Ha.

Yes I have had a fairly decent time down here only of course it’s a jolly quiet place as usual.

Dear Sid just excuse this very such letter but I really haven’t got any more time to spare.

I will write a longer letter next time.


I remain

Your Affec Brother

Frank W


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

Postmarked Deal 8 PM 7 DE 17