George Ryan’s letter home dated 3 Sept 1915
On headed notepaper with regimental crest 9th Middlesex Regt.
3 Sept 1915
Dear M & F,
Received two letters from you this week dated Aug 5 & 13 & am glad you have now found out your mistake about the Post.
You must have had some rain down the road to get flooded. It hasn’t been so bad here lately but we’ve had a fair amount. I expect we’ve got the worst to come.
Very pleased to hear you got the parcel safely. Sorry to say your parcel of cigarettes has not got here yet. I’ve given it up now.
Glad you had a fine week-end at Westley.
We are being dosed with Quinine here now. We have it every day except Thurs & Sun.
Those responsible must see now what a mistake they made in sending us out here without first having a proper Medical Inspection as there is more sickness in our Battn than in any other. About 60% of our chaps have been sick & the next highest percentage is under 30%. They are trying to find the cause of it. I think the food has a lot to do with it. Several fellows in our Co alone are unfit for service. X
Well there’s no news again this week; we are still jogging along doing parades & guards. I’m still keeping fit & well. Hope you are all the same. Love to all, also to Peg if she is still with you.
Yr loving son
X Weak hearts, rupture & bad eye-sight.