George Ryan’s letter home dated 7 Feb 1917

George Ryan’s letter home dated 7 Feb 1917


On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.


Nr Abbottabad


7 Feb 1917


Dear Mother,


Many thanks for your letters of Jan 3rd & 10th, the latter addressed to Hasan Abdal.  Shall be glad to hear from May & Edie again.  You have mentioned about them writing for two weeks in succession, so I ought to hear from them next mail.  May used to say, the third time is never like the rest.


I am very sorry to hear Cousin Ellen does not improve at all, & that she has had to go to the Infirmary. I’m sure she was too much for you to look after.


I also heard from Mr. Walker last week. He mentions about your letter to him & asks what he is to do, so I suppose he never received my letter.  I shall write to him next week, & will let you know what I tell him to do.  Well I don’t think there’s anything of interest to tell you this week.  The weather has been very fine the last week; just like it is in May at home.  I am still on the Pioneer Staff, keeping my hand in at paste dabbing, & paper-hanging, tell Dad.


I am sending the Jan No of our magazine. I don’t think it improves much.  I should think it’s rather hard for people outside the Battalion to understand some parts of it.  What’s your opinion?


Hoping you are all well; I’m in the pink.

Fondest love to all from

Yr affectionate son



P.S. In case last weeks mail goes to the bottom of the sea, I will repeat one thing that I said & that’s “In future please address letters to Rawal Pindi, until I alter it again”.


P.P.S. I meant to have told you the “latest” which is that we are going down to Lahore, very shortly, into the 3rd Div.

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