George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Sep 1915
On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
3 Sept 1915
Many thanks for your nice long letter of 12 Aug. Wherever did you find the time to write it?
So the girls behind the counter have not been quite a success; I thought they would not be.
I’m sorry to say I never got that parcel of cigarettes. I don’t suppose they will turn up now. Parcels of cigarettes or Tobacco very often do go astray. It’s a good idea to label the parcel as something else “shirts” or “papers” or something like that. As I’ve said before it’s a rag-time Post Office out here.
What wonderful eye-sight you & Bert must have to be able to see the Crystal Palace from Dollis Hill. Why you can’t see far across London let alone some few miles the other side of it. You might have seen the Alexandra Palace. That’s the one you mean I expect. I suggested to Bert in my letter this week it might have been the Bus Garage that you saw; that’s got a glass roof, you know.
We have to parade nearly every morning now for a dose of Quinine, as this is considered rather a dangerous month out here. They used to have it 3 times a week before we came but they knocked it off during July & Aug.
Edie can send me her Shorthand Weekly now & again – say once a month – & I’ll see if I can do a bit now & again. It’s too hot to do much study out here. Reading or playing cards are as much as we feel up to, as a rule.
Well there’s very little news again this week. A lot of chaps still believe the rumours that we shall leave for home next month but I think they will be disappointed. I think if we leave in Oct or Nov next year we shall be lucky as the war looks like running well into next year.
Heaps of love & kisses from
Yr loving brother