George Ryan’s letter home dated 20 Aug 1915
On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
1945 “D” Co.
20 Aug 1915
Dear M & F,
Thanks for your letter of July 22nd. You say the letter post does not leave London till Friday. I think you are mistaken as I received your letter a week late again this week. By what I can make out you should still post Thurs evening.
Sorry to hear Edie has had to have her front teeth out. Mine have not got much worse so I have not had them seen to. (The stopping came out of one, eating those Dog Biscuits on the boat.)
I’m having a little rest from Guards as I’m on Police Duty, taking the place of a Policeman detained in Hospital. I don’t suppose it will be for long as he is only in there with skin disease. I’m on duty from 4.30 to 9.30 in the evening then 5.45 to 10.0 next morning. After that I don’t go on till 4.30 pm the following day. We don’t have so far to go as we did up at Jalapahar, just round the barracks & down the Bazaar. It makes a change, as Parades are getting so monotonous & of course it’s quite nice to have a few days rest from Guards, so I shan’t mind if I’m kept on for a week or so.
Went to the “Empire” in Calcutta last Sat & saw Horace Goldin give “The Tiger God”. I expect Dad has seen him in London. It was very good; quite the best programme we’ve seen out here. We went back to Cossipore by taxi as it was too late for a tram & a “garrey” would have taken too long besides costing almost as much. It was just like an open Touring car, not like the boxed up vehicles you’ve got in London. We did go at a rate, it only took just over 20 min.
I heard from Bert this week.
Love to all,
Yr loving son