Letter to Rev. R.M. Laporte Payne 11 March 1919
Oval stamp of 707th M.T. Company
No 4151. Date 11.3.19.
Army Service Corps.
Rev Laporte Payne,
M2/203809 Pte Bowman F.W.
The above mentioned man, whom I understand is known to you, and who is presently serving in the unit under my command, has made application to me for compassionate leave in order that he may be able to proceed to the United Kingdom for the purpose of putting his home affairs in order.
From the documentary evidence which he has produced, it would appear that the relations existing between he and his wife are rather unsatisfactory at present. There does not appear, however, to be any neglect on the part of his wife, so far as the children are concerned, and, in the absence of definite proof, of such neglect, there is little hope of his application for leave being granted at present.
If it is not encroaching on more important business, I shall be obliged if you will kindly make enquiries and let me know as early as possible what exactly is the position of affairs and in what state the home is being kept.
Pte Bowman’s home address is 14 Castle Way, N. Finchley W.
I have the honour to be,
Your obedient Servant,
Signature unreadable Major R.A.S.C.
In the Field, O.C. 707 M.T. Coy., R.A.S.C.
George Ryan’s letter home dated 11 Mar 1915
1945 “D” Co
11 Mar 1915
Dear M & F,
Our letters have not arrived here yet this week. I expect we shall get them to-morrow.
We have not finished our firing yet; we even went last Sunday; we’ve got a day off to day though. We have been getting up at 5.0 & leaving here at 7.0 a.m. but now we are not going to start until the afternoon, 2.30. I’ve been getting on pretty fair but none of us “recruits” will get proficiency pay until we’ve done 2 years service.
Myself & a dozen or so others of this company are going up to the hills shortly. The major doctor came round & inspected us last Saturday & picked out a few of us, the younger ones chiefly & one or two that didn’t look up to the mark. We expect to go to Lebon, Darjeeling, that’s the summer station for “troops” in this part of India. By all accounts it’s a very nice place. They say we are going on the first of next month; I can’t say how long we shall be there. C.A.S. is going too. You had better continue to write here for the present. It’s a nuisance getting our letters a day later than everybody else, it’s bad enough when the mail’s late.
According to the papers we shall get another mail in here next Monday as well as the one expected to-morrow, as a mail boat is due in at Bombay to-morrow morning.
How’s my “old iron”. I suppose it’s alright. It’s not worth while trying to sell it I suppose. I shouldn’t get anywhere near what its worth. You might set the back wheel in motion now & again, by giving the pedals a turn or two; say once a month. Don’t touch the front wheel because of the cyclometer. The front wheel, too, only tell me what the cyclometer stands at before you touch it.
Hope you are all well,
Love to all,
Yr loving son
About the front wheel on the bike, dad. I was forgetting you was so handy with the screw-driver. If you unscrew the “cyclometer – striker”, it’s a little thing on one or the spokes that catches the cyclometer, the cyclometer will not work. It might not come right off, but you’ll be able to turn it so that it doen’t strike. No need to take the bike down to do it.