imageLance Cpl GC Roberts 3144

10 Plat. C. Company

1/5th Welsh Regt

159th Brigade 53rd Division


April 21 1916

Rec. May 16

Dear Dad and Mam


Just a line to let you know that I am alright, hope you all at home are the same. It is very little that I have to tell you in this letter but hope to tell you much more in the next, because I am going to Cairo on Saturday, I intend to go and see the Pyramids first of all and am going to have my mug dragged under the Sphynx then I intend to have a look at the town and if money will permit I will get you a little souvenir of Egypt so you must look out for a little parcel. The weather is very hot here today, it is getting hotter all the time, I saw the Merthyr Express for March 24 and see by that you have had fearful weather at home. But I am sure it was nothing compared to the blizzard we had on Gallipoli in December. I am on the look out for the parcel you are sending on. I wrote to Uncle Messach and Nain last Sunday after I had received the letters from you. I have written to him a few times since I have been in Egypt, please ask him if he has received them. I saw a cousin of Arthur West yesterday, he is from Ebbw Vale  and came out on the same boat as us in July. Tell West I saw him, he is alright and is coming home time expired in a month or so he is in the RAMC. Has Dan Davis gone out to France with his battalion or is he still with the gallant  band and going around recruiting and having a good time? Give my love to Jon and Mag and Mailys and Dyfan, hope they are doing well in school. Tell Dyfan he has got to pass his Junior Central Welsh Board this year (Don’t let Mailys wack you up) although you have wacked me already. I have no more to say now. So long, with best love and wishes to all.


I am

Your loving Son



Surprising that GCR doesn’t mention his promotion to Lance Corporal in this letter. It could be that there was another letter between the 13th and 21st that is missing.