L/Sgt GC Roberts 3144
C Coy 1/5th Bn Welsh Regt
159th Brigade 53rd Division
June 12th, 1916 E.E.F.
Dear Dad and Mam
Just a line to let know that I am as usual in the pink, hope you are all the same at home. You’ll notice that I have made another alteration in my address. It happened on the second of this month, so you see things are looking up with the little un. I was at Bedford this time last year as you will remember. It will soon be a year since I left Blighty and you will remember that I was lucky enough to be home a week before I left the country. You won’t believe how glad I have been to be home only a week before leaving. I was at a Welsh Service our Welsh Chaplain was the Preacher. I think that I told you in my last letter to Mailys that his name was Reverend Davies GF. He is from somewhere in Canarvon he has been working in Merthyr Vale some years ago before he went in for the ministry. He knew Doctor Parry and Moses Roberts of Llangollen. He wrote —– part in his biography. He gave me the job of being a sort of shop walker giving out hymn books as the boys came in. I have received a letter from you dated May 16th. I think this letter has come very quick indeed. I was very glad to have it I can tell you it is like a little book full of good news. You state that you have not received the two PCs that I sent you from Wardan, hope you will receive them alright by now. You also wonder at the new change in my handle. Well it’s just my luck. You will notice I have had three rises in about two months. You see that I have been shifted at the double I was only a LCpl for a month, then a corporal for not quite a fortnight. I am now a Lance Sergeant that is two shillings a day including allotment so you see that my pay instead of only being 6d is now 1&6. Not a bad addition. I will be entitled to proficiency pay on the 15th of October having completed over two years of service that will be three pence So you see that I will have a bit of money to come. I am very little in credit on my pay book but hope to have a bit in credit before long. It cost a lot more as a Sgt to live because of the better grub we buy, and you have to pay very dear for things out here. Something costing 6 ½ d, at home would cost six half piastra (2 ½) out here. I bought a tin of salmon this morning well that costs five piastres. Count out how much that is. You say the YPM are doing well and that Mailys is getting quite a brainy sort of person. Tell her it does not do to worry over anything out here it is too hot to think even. I hope that your work will be successful as I know that your heart is in your work and when a man’s heart is in his work he is bond to succeed. I will do as you ask although I have always done it since I have left home. Well I must draw to a close now. Hope Mam’s influenza is better right now. What is the Daylight saving Bill you have in England now? Let me know something about it. Well so long now. With best love and best wishes to all.
I am your loving Son
Just received another letter from you
American inventor and politician Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay called “An Economical Project for Diminishing the Cost of Light” to the editor of The Journal of Paris in 1784. In the essay, he suggested, although jokingly, that Parisians could economize candle usage by getting people out of bed earlier in the morning, making use of the natural morning light instead. In 1895, New Zealand scientist George Vernon Hudson presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society, proposing a two-hour shift forward in October and a two-hour shift back in March. There was interest in the idea, but it was never followed through. In 1905, independently from Hudson, British builder William Willett suggested setting the clocks ahead 20 minutes on each of the four Sundays in April, and switching them back by the same amount on each of the four Sundays in September, a total of eight time switches per year. Willett’s Daylight Saving plan caught the attention of Member of Parliament, Robert Pearce, who introduced a bill to the House of Commons in February 1908. The first Daylight Saving Bill was drafted in 1909, presented to Parliament several times and examined by a select committee. However, the idea was opposed by many, especially farmers, so the bill was never made into a law. Willett died in 1915, the year before the United Kingdom started using DST in May 1916.