Alf Smith letter 22 February 1918

Feb 22nd 18


My Dear Father


How are you getting on in good old Blighty?  I hope they have not stopped your meat & sugar supply altogether if they do I can imagine you living on bully beef &c.  Thank you for the Sunday Pictorial it is the only paper I have seen since I left home.

We are still in the same place, & not having a bad time except for the weather being very cold it wants a bit of facing at 7 A.M. but there is no chance of getting the sack so it has to be done.  I notice it takes letters about six days to reach us here as we are much further inland.

I had a letter from Charlie, he told me that Albert came to see you on the Sunday that I went back.

Well I think I must finish now Dad as there is very little news to tell you.

The money you gave me is very useful you bet I have had some good feeds since I have been here also champagne &c I still have about £1 left so I am alright for the present.

I am glad to hear old Fritz has not paid you any night visits lately.

I hope you are in the best of health glad to say I am A1.

With much love from

Your devoted



P.S. How is Mr & Mrs Warman & Lilian I hope quite well remember me to them also Miss Dimond.



Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 14 Feb 1918

Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 14 Feb 1918


West End Hotel



Feby 14/18


All letters &c

C/O Messrs Thos Cook & Son




Dear Mr. Payne,


Again I have to trouble you by asking you to pass on the enclosed cheque for two quarters pew rent to the proper authority as I have not the address. I am still unable to obtain a passport for Mrs Burton.  In some ways we are better off in India than we should be in England but all the same we are looking forward to our return home.  We propose to spend two months in South Coorg in a few weeks time on a Coffee Estate.  Except for seeing the great number of troops in Bangalore & high prices, one would not know there was a great war in progress.


We are fortunate in having a church (St. Marks) with services we like here & two very ernest clergymen. Trusting that Mrs Payne yourself & family are well & with kindest regards in which Mrs Burton unites

Yours very sincerely

Charles Burton