Pte GC Roberts 3144
Attached Greek Labour Corps
Jan 6 1916
Dear Dad and Mam
I am writing to you again to let you know I am still alive and kicking hoping you are all in the best of health at home. I received a letter today from Auntie Annie dated Nov 24 was very glad to get it. I have not had a letter from you since the first you sent to me to the above address. I am very much pleased to hear from Auntie that you are all in good health at home. You will guess that I will be very glad when I get the next letter from you. I think it will be a good idea if you number all letters you send to me after you receive this. I received a letter from the Sec of the Rhymney Valley Fraternal of Baptist Ministers, on Jan 4 dated 18/12/15, conveying their best wishes and wishing me a happy Xmas and New Year. Please thank them on my behalf for their kindness & thought in sending this letter that I appreciate very much & and also wish them a happy and prosperous New Year. You will notice that the letter Auntie sent dated Nov 24 & the other sent Dec 18 that I received the later two days before aunties letter there is something wrong with the postal arrangements don’t you think so they both have the same address. Auntie says that Nain has sent me some toffee and stockings I have not received anything yet. I think you had better not send anything out only letters & plenty of them please thank Nain for her kindness & give her my best love also send me her address that I may write to her. Give my love to Mailys and Dyfan hope they are in the best of health hope they enjoyed their Xmas Holiday. I have not got any more to say at present only hope dad and mam are alright. Again hoping you are in the best of health. With best wishes & love to all
Your loving Son
At this point GCR is still attached to the Greek Labour Corps, presumably still at Lancashire Landing.
The 4/5th Battalion, the Welsh Regiment and the rest of the 53rd Division had already been evacuated to Egypt. When the evacuation of the Dardanelles had first been proposed in October the 53rd was to have been given the “honour” of being last to leave. However, battle casualties, sickness and the blizzard of late November had reduced the division to 217 officers and 4522 other ranks, hardly brigade strength. It was therefore decided to withdraw the 53rd for recuperation and to be brought up to strangth. They embarked on December 11th.
GCR was left behind.