George Ryan’s letter home dated 6 July 1915 but 6 Aug.
6 July [? August] 1915
Dear M & F,
Many thanks for your letter of July 8 & 15. You evidently caught the post with the latter one.
Surprised to hear R. Bates & H. Kingsnorth have not enlisted yet.
I should think L. Manley celebrated her coming of age by getting those glasses. I suppose she’s about 21 now, isn’t she.
I wrote to Cousin Ellen again 3 weeks ago & sent her a photograph.
Hope the girls had a nice week at Westley & enjoyed themselves. I have not heard from May but I will forgive her so long as I hear next week. I know what a bother it is to write much during holidays; although there isn’t such a lot to do down there.
Thanks for sending the cuttings from the W. Chron also the Sunday Pictorial. Yes I should like it each week but once a month you might send the latest copy of the Daily Chron instead, that generally has a bit of news in it. I suppose Dad still has it.
My eyes have been quite alright since we came to Dum-dum. The Prickly Heat got rather bad at Cossipore last week but I’ve felt very little of it since I’ve been back here.
We got that Messing Money last week; I don’t know what I shall do with mine yet. A lot of chaps have bought cameras & taken up photography. I might do the same later on. Now we’ve been paid up to date of course we shall draw it each week; we ought to get 6 Rupees instead of 5 & 7 the last week of the month. I think myself it would have been better to have had the money in our messing. The food could be improved a lot; we get the same old stuff every day, & the bread isn’t up to much.
One or two of the older soldiers didn’t draw any of the “big lot” of money. They’ve been paid Proficiency Pay ever since Mobilisation & the Army have just found out they didn’t ought to have had it, so its had to be stopped. I hope things are managed better at home than what they are out here. But if you can believe the newspapers they are not; as accounts say that Woolwich Arsenal is not turning out all it could do.
Wednesday, 4 Aug was spent as a Sunday. There was only Church Parade; it was a special Service.
I went to Barrackpore Tues afternoon to a Hockey Match. G. Salter is getting on alright there he likes it much better than Dum-dum. He told me to remember him to you. G. Cooper is in the Scouts now; he is at Darjeeling at present.
It’s rumoured that we are going to Peshawar, up on the N.W. Frontier next month. Some chaps say they have got it from a good quarter but I rather doubt if it’s right. Of course it would be the real thing up there. And then there’s still the old rumour about going to the Dardenelles but that’s very improbable.
Hoping you are all quite well.
Love to all from
Yr loving son