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.