George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Mar 1915
3 Mar 1915
Dear M & F,
Thanks very much for your letters of Feb 4. Sorry to hear about C. Closh. I saw a letter he had written home in the W. Chronicle a few weeks ago. I expect you saw it. I should think he’ll be home for a few days when he comes out of hospital.
Well we didn’t go into camp at Jaffapore after all. We marched there & back each day. Yesterday we went in our shirt sleeves, but we wore our equipment just the same. We have not gone to-day; we’ve got to stay in barracks as the Viceroy is in or near Calcutta & we might be wanted as guard during the next few days.
I’ve only done 20 rounds of my firing, out of 200, so it will be a fortnight or 3 weeks before we are finished. This is not the test though. I’m only firing the course I ought to have fired at Hythe before we left England. None of us will get any extra pay however well we do.
I had a very bad cold on Mon & Tues & my eyes ached a bit through being out on the range all day, so I went down & saw the Doctor. He gave me a dose of something for my cold which brought it out very quickly. I was blowing my nose every 5 min y’day but to-day I felt nothing of it at all. He gave me some lotion for my eyes & advised me to get a pair of tinted glasses to wear while we are on the range.
Hope dad has still got something to do. By the papers it seems there’s a great demand for labour but I suppose it’s for skilled labour of a different nature to dads.
Trusting this will find you all well,
Yr affectionate son,