Private GC Roberts 3144

attached greek Labor Corps


January 28, 1916

Dear Dad and Mam

I am writing this to you just after I have read your letter dated 9.12.15. I only received it this afternoon, I was very pleased to get it. You will observe by the date that it has been a very long time coming there is no sense in it. I am vert sorry to tell you that I have not received the parcel you sent me for Xmas so please do not send any more as it is only waste of money. I will do my best to make up for what I don’t get when I get home so you can start preparing a good feed for me when you like I bet I will make up for all the good things I am missing now. You state that you are sending some socks to me, please don’t as I can get plenty. I have four pairs now, 3 army and one pair that my officer gave me. I will be a regular handy man for you when I come home. I shall be able to do the washing and darning and have a good shot at cooking and I had to do my wack of scrubbing at Hearson and Bedford so you see I shall be very much improved by when I come home. You will have heard by now that we have evacuated the peninsular and I can asure you I was not sorry to leave it. I had a very near do on the very night we left but I am thankful I got off alright a shell dropped outside my dugout and made rather a mess of it I was inside at the time. I can tell you I made myself as small as possible the smaller the better on some occasions, what do you think. I am glad to have finished shell dodging for the present although I must say I have been most fortunate up till now so I can afford to still keep smiling. I have no more to say at present. I wish Mailys and Dyfan the best of luck at terminals as good as I have had up to now. Hoping you are all in good health. I am still pinky. Give my love to Mailys, Dyfan, Jon, and Mag. I now give up with best love and wishes.

I am

Your loving son


I have written to Nain Jones


At this point GCR is still at Mudros on the island of Lesbos attached to the Greek Labour Corps. The rest of his battalion and the division are in Egypt.

Nain Jones was his father’s mother who remarried a John Jones after the death of her first husband, GCR’s grandfather. She still lived in Cefn Mawr in North Wales.