Letter home 23 November 1918

Nov 23rd 18


My Dear Father


I am writing this letter back in our own lines again no longer a prisoner of war; arrived here yesterday.

It is grand to be free again & to see the back of Jerry; there is plenty to tell you & I shall no doubt have a lot of news to hear from you.  We do not know what has been happening in the world for the last eight months.  I am just anxious to get home now which I do not think will be very long.

You will be glad to know I received your private parcel last Monday week & I thank you all very much for the contents.  You may guess what went first the chocolate it was jolly good.  The razor goes fine it was a treat to be able to have a good shave also to clean ones teeth again.

Tell Peter the pipe goes fine.  I am sorry I did not receive any of the cigarettes Ciss sent for me but it took anything so long to come & just as we were getting started with parcels the war finishes; but it is a great blessing to think it is over it is what we have all been longing for.  I had a grocery parcel the same day as yours came that was the second one.

Well Dad how are you all in the dear old home-land I hope merry & bright.

It is a great to see our army rations again we are expecting a cigarette issue to-night.  I saw some of our boys to-day going through here they looked very smart after Jerry’s army & a bit different to what we look at present it is a case of holes in me coat & patches &c rather thin but we shall soon pull up now we are back with our own people again.  I am looking forward to some more good feeds of turkey ** again soon also some good old currant duffs.  Cheerio it will not be long now & we will make things lazy.

Have you heard from Southend lately I hope Albert, Affie & Joyce are quite well give them my love & tell them I will write soon if possible but I do not know the rules yet & I think we shall only be staying here a day or two.

Please remember me to Mr. & Mrs. Darvill & family I hope they are all well, I wrote in answer to his letter but I found out afterwards that the mail never went as we had to leave our camp in a great hurry owing to our boys advancing.

Well I think I must finish now. Keep smiling.  I hope you are in the best of health also Jess, Ethel & Winnie & all at the Anchor & I hope we shall all be able to drink our health there soon in a little drop of whiskey.  I believe we get a rum issue to-night.

Am going for a walk round the town now there are plenty of fine shops here & the flags are all flying.

So Au revoir

With much love from

Your devoted




P.S. Have just seen two English papers the first since we were captured.


Alf Smith postcard 23 November 1918



To Mr & Mrs Smith, 152 High Street, Southend on Sea. Essex. England.

Postmarked FIELD POST OFFICE TP 5 23 NO 18.


I am quite well

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Signature only. A. Smith

Date Nov 23rd 18