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