Alf Smith letter 15 January 1919

Jan 15th 18

My Dear Father

Thank you very much for the Pictorial, letter & 10/- note I received it safely & you can bet it will be very useful it is very kind of you to send it as rations are still rather short although not quite so bad.
I expect you have been wondering when I was going to write again but we have not been able to receive or write any letters for the last six days being up the line.
Well I am glad you all enjoyed yourselves at Xmas, it made a nice change for you spending part of the time with Ciss & the rest at Thames Ditton.
What sort of weather are you getting we had a heavy fall of snow last night golly it is mighty cold but still we are lucky to be able to keep good fires going. I don’t seem to notice the cold so much as I used to I suppose I must be hardened to it.
Well Dad you will be glad to know I shall be coming home on leave soon, probably in a few days as I am next on the roll to go; you may guess I am very anxious for it to come along. I think I shall go to Ciss first as it would be a good idea to leave my equipment there as we have to bring everything home & I am not anxious to carry them too far. I would come on to you from there, but as you know I cannot mention any day it will have to be a surprise.
Please thank Jess for her welcome letter. I think you must excuse more news, as I have got several letters to answer they have been collecting during the last six days.
I hope you are all in the best of health & still going strong like Johnny Walker. Glad to say I am A1.
With much love from
Your devoted

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