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A1 and in the Pink – 100 years on

WWI as seen in the letters of Sgt GC Roberts MM of the 1/5th Welsh Regiment

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November 2016

November 22nd 1916. Sinai.

Sgt G.C. Roberts 3144
In the Field

Nov 22 1916

Dear Dad and Mam

It gives me great pleasure to let you know that I have received your letter dated Nov 7, was very pleased indeed to get it. It contained the news that you had received my mug, I am feeling satisfied now I know you have had it and that you believe now I am in the PINK. Enclosed in the long letter was Mam’s little note, well I must say it made my ears tingle, but I must let Mam know that I am in the desert of Egypt and not in a great town and I am afraid I don’t approve of bringing any of the black girls to Abertysswg, Mam says she would make things warm for me, well Mam dear, the weather is fearfully warm here sometimes, but I do wish I was near enough to you for you to box my ears. I would not say __ would be mighty pleased if it was so. I must say that I gave Hughie credit for a bit more commonsense that he seems to possess, I did not think he was ever serious when he had a bit of fun with any girl. Well Mam, don’t worry on my behalf, I shall be only too glad to come home myself and the opportunity to stay there without bringing anybody along with me. As for signing on again, leave that to me, I have had my head screwed on the right way by now. There is nothing like experience to teach a chap a bit of commonsense. I am going on a general course of instructions for NCOs at Cairo on Sunday for three weeks and if I don’t pass out pretty well there I am going to revert to the ranks it would be by far the best course. But I intend to do my best to get a first class if possible. You have asked me many times in your letters do I keep a diary, well I do and I don’t, I have got all I want to know of my travels and experiences in my nut. If I was to keep a diary and I happened to be captured, it would cause me a great deal of trouble, besides there are strict orders against doing so although some do so. Mam says in her letter that little Glyn looks like me. Poor little chap, he has my sympathy “deepest at that.” Glad to hear that Mam looks ten years younger, hurrah, that is the style Mam. Hope that by the time I come home, she will be twenty years younger. By Jove won’t there be some excitement then. Lewis Morgan has received a parcel from the Ladies Garden Fete today I have not had anything yet. I see that Mrs Price is the Hon Sec. I received a letter from Ethel Burgess with the same mail as yours will answer that later it was a very nice letter. Very glad that you like the snapshots they are all true to life I hope to get them enlarged when I come home. I might be at the old game again before long. The same as when we come out. Well the sooner the better and the more the merrier. Now don’t think I am silly when I say this for I mean it. Too much of the spit and polish about things now will clear the air a bit this will. I wrote to you before yesterday, but am writing this again today because I received your letter I always believe in answering them at once so that by that you get a word in answer much quicker. Hope Mailys will succeed in her application. I shall do my best for her when I come home which I hope will be before long, and don’t worry about any signing. Mam should have had the birthday tea as per usual. You know the motto of the government, business as usual. Thats the game. Dad says quite a lot about he C O’s. Well I am sorry to say that I can’t respect their consciences because I don’t think that any right thinking man would have any objection so I put their consciences down to cowardice and nothing else. I am not fond of getting hurt myself but if things are to be so no man can stop them. Well I have not got any more to say just now, hope you are all in the best of health, I am in the very best of health could not be better for which I am very thankful. Well so long for the present will write again soon. With best love and best wishes to you all.

I am
Your loving son
Goronwy
xxxxxx
Hope Mam will digest these and not box my years when I come home

November 14th 1916. A letter to Miss Mailys Roberts

 

Sgt GC Roberts 3144
In the Field
Nov 14th 1916

My dear Mailys (How gushing I am)

I have much pleasure in letting you know that I received your welcome letter dated Oct 29th also Dad’s letter of Oct 30th was very pleased to get them. Dad’s was rather short but I forgive him freely in consideration of his having a black eye but hope he will not visit the McLaren again after “Lights Out”. Your letter was a very nice one indeed a long chatty letter just the sort of letter I like from you and just tell Dyfan that if he interferes with your letter again I shall be under the painful necessity of chastising him when I come home and tell him not to take advantage while I am so far out of reach of him. He is too lazy himself to write one, as for your letters being full of gossip let me have more of them, tell him so that will be “Muck in his eye for him”. I don’t understand exactly what you mean when you say you are going to Garth Hall is that some college or other let me know. Dad tells me in his letter that Mam wants me to come home the minute the war is over and not prolong my term of service. Tell Mam and Dad that their word is LAW I will be home as soon as I possibly can perhaps before the war is over. I wrote and told you before that I had received your parcel containing soap, health salts etc and also many thanks for it. I will be on the lookout for the parcel sent by the Ladies Committee I may get it by this mail but most likely by next. I have to make a half time in this letter as it is getting dark. You seem to have a half time in your letter always. HALF TIME

I am on guard again today so I am taking the opportunity of finishing this letter to you hope you won’t mind it being in ink it is the most convenient at present. We are shifting again in a day or so but I don’t expect to be there long and then it will be the old game over again hope I will be as lucky or in fact luckier than last time. I received a parcel containing a cake and a tin of homemade toffee from Auntie Polly I never expected anything from her. Both cake and toffee were in fine condition. I think I told you in my last letter that Sam Jones of Rhymney’s brother has come out to us. He is a Derbyite. There is also a Fred Williams here from Rhymney I think he is some relation to Will Arthur Davies of Warns Terrace, I don’t think much of him. You say that Miss Lela Davies wants me to get her some Greek beads I am afraid I can’t being many miles away from Greece. The ones I sent you are made by the poor girls of Metiline I am glad you like them. I sent them to you as a curio did not think you would like to where them. I had some beads from some Sunussi women or bints but the string was lousy so I gave them away Lew Morgan wears them around his neck now. I would not like to, only he put a new string on them. The Eastern women dress funny many of the poor ones go around with bare feet and all have heavy silver or white metal anklets on also big earrings. The married ones wear a brass affair on their noses to which is attached black or white veils. White veils are only worn by the high class Egyptians. I sent a photo of two of them to you from Alexandria. I am still anxiously waiting to hear if you have received the snapshots and my photo which I sent you. Let me know first opportunity you get. I bathe in the canal very often, but one has to be careful as there is a very strong current running and it is fearful deep. There are some fine boats going up every day. We were shouted at by some English Ladies coming from India or that way somewhere. They had the cheek to shout “Are you downhearted” to us what do you think we said NO and it’s right too. We would all have liked to stow away to Blighty all the same if we had the chance. I don’t suppose the two brave friends of mine namely B. Bebb and H Hughes have had the pluck to enlist and do their bit. They are very good talkers but very bad actors on what they talk. They are frightened of having their skins hurt. How are things going on at school with you what does Miss James think of your chance of going to college. I wish I had 25 pounds to give you, but I expect that if we get into action again there will be no pay for us for a couple of months then I will have a good credit balance. I will try and work one up as soon as I can as it is and get it transferred to you. Hope this war will soon be over and I can come home and work, but I won’t work for the Co op on the same money as I had before no fear of that. Well I can settle all about that when I come home. Hope Dad’s eye is alright by now and Mam’s cold better. Give my love to all at home. With best love and best wishes to you all.

I am
Your affectionate brawd
Goronwy
XXXXXXXX
Divide them between you and Mam, good for any complaint

Comments

Derbyite – Lord Derby’s, Director General of Recruiting, introduced a scheme to “encourage” young men to volunteer with the aim to avoid conscription.

The McLaren Arms was a pub/hotel in Abertwssyg, named after the founder of the local mine. I was told that the Rev John Roberts (GCR’s father, known as John the God) would occasionally go down to the local hostelries and persuade (forcibly) members of his flock away from the demon drink. It seems on this occasion he was resisted.

Brawd – Welsh for brother

The two attached photo’s may be those referred to in this letter.

November 13th 2016

In the Field
Nov 13. 1916
Dear Dad and Mam
Just a line to let you know that everything is in the pink with me hope you all at home are the same at home. I am enclosing in the same envelope a letter which I wrote on Nov 6.
I am very sorry that I was unable to post it before now have got very little time for ourselves now at it all day long, no time to wash hardly. If we are not on guard we are out all day firing
or on working parties we have been not so hard worked since we have left England, so I hope you won’t think I have been in any way neglectful, because I look upon writing to you as often as possible
as a duty, have been terribly pushed for time for the last fortnight. I was on church parade yesterday morning and as soon as it was over had to clean up for guard. I am on guard now. The chaplain who was preaching to us yesterday is just out from England and as he owned himself is very green at his job. I’m afraid Mr Davies will not come back to us now since this new chap has come to us. He does not take quarter as well as Mr Davies. He does not give out hymns that we are familiar with and our boys sing for all they are worth anything they know, it was rotten when he gave out hymns that nobody knew it seemed so cool and lifeless. Its very queer when you think of it that all the chaplains have the same message to give yet some are much more popular than others. I suppose we are all like children some won’t take Epsom salts only health salts yet it’s all the same. Well have you received my photo yet I hope you have, because I was very particular on having them photos decent if possible. Let me know on the earliest possible date. I expect we will be having another stunt again hope I will be as well off as last time well don’t worry I shall be alright and come home the same as I went away on(ly) a bit wiser. By the way Sam Jones of Rhymney’s brother is here he came out with the last draft and he is in my company. I was asking if there was anybody from my way amongst the draft when he said he had a brother in Rhymney and told me his name and he turned out to be Sam Jones’ brother. Last time I was out firing I had five bulls out of five rounds in rapid firing that is 5 rounds in 30 seconds at 200 yds. I also made an 8 inch group at 100 yds that is to put 5 rds within an 8 in circle I also passed out in the independent firing test. I can do much better rapid than slow because we don’t alter your position or take the rifle from the shoulder. Ever heard of El Arish you will before long. My address is still Sgt GC Roberts 3144 C Coy 1/5th Bn Welch Regt. EEF. Hope Mag and my nephew is getting on alright. I had a parcel from Auntie Polly last week containing cake and toffee it was a treat I am writing to thank her for it. She tells me I am about the only one that writes to her. You write on rare occasions it must be pretty hard on her to be all alone as she is. By the way Mafannwy made the toffee and it was GREAT. I told her not to send me anything but she would persist so it seems. Well I am winding up now hope Mailys and Dyfan are doing well give them my love. I am in the pink of condition. Lew Morgan is alright. With best love and best wishes to you all.
I am your loving Son
Goronwy

November 6th 1916

 

In the Field


Nov 6, 1916

Dear Dad and Mom

Just a line again to let you know that I am pinky as usual, hope you are all the same at home. I have not got a great deal to say for myself this time as I have rather a lot to say of late so a chap can’t always be a chatterbox. I am as usual anxiously waiting for the next mail. I wish we had a mail coming in everyday because I would like to have letters from you every possible chance but it cant be done. Have you received my photo yet, let me know as soon as you can, because if they have gone west, I will have to get another taken. I was not on church parade yesterday morning as I was on guard the night before and there was no service on sunday night so Lewis Morgan and myself went for a walk along the hard road and I was telling him I wish I was going to chapel at home, it was about six o’clock so that is the time you go to chapel. Well I hope this war won’t last much longer, it has lasted much to long and I won’t be sorry to settle down to the quiet life at home once more. I used to think it a very quiet existence but give me that before this little lot. I wrote to Jon the other day, hope he has had it by now. Give my love to Nain Jones, hope she is in good health and enjoying herself down in Wales. I met B. Fry the day before yesterday, he is in good health and wishes to be remembered to Dyfan. He is with the 2nd Welsh FA RAMC. He is not so fat as when I saw him before. I think he allows the chaps in his mob to come it on him. I would have laid a couple of them out before this time if I was him. Well I have no more to say, just now my address is Sgt. GC Roberts 3144, C. Coy 1/5th Welsh, E.E.F. Hope Mag and Baby are alright, also Dyfan and Mailys. Best love and best wishes to you all.

I am
Your loving son
Goronwy

In the Field

Nov 3 1916

Dear Dad and Mam

I am writing to you again hoping that you are still in the best of health, because I am always in the pink and hope to keep so always. A chap has much to be thankful for when he has good health and I have had excellent health for months, I have not been on the sick since the time I was in Sollum and that is a good time ago now. I wrote to you on the 1st of this month telling you I had received the parcel you sent me on october 7th, but I forgot at the time to mention that I recognize the box you sent it in. Who thought when you bought that tin of biscuits that the tin would find its way to Egypt. I am keeping that tin and have got all my letters in it. By the way, you mention in your last letter that you wrote to me on October 5, 11, 17. Well I have received all of them and others, besides I wrote to Mrs Davies the Green thanking her for the two handkerchiefs. I am posting the letter the same time as this. I have moved from where I was when I received the parcel. I am now in the same place as Bernard Fry is, but have not seen him yet, I only arrived today. I really think he is a bit afraid of me because I am a sergeant and he is a private, he is not a great soldier, he is not cut out for it and does not stick up for himself at all by what I could see when I saw him before. Jon stated in the note I had from him that Ted Tooth is somewhere in Egypt do you know where, let me know, I might drop across him somewhere. I am enclosing in the letter a little slip of paper on which I took an impression of some guns we pinched from the Senussi you will see the date on it that they are not of the latest pattern. KRUPP. ESSEN. 1871 is on it. Have you had the photo of the four generation etc, mind you let me have one of them as promised. Have you received my photo yet let me know when you do, I shall feel a bit more satisfied when you do get it and see for yourself that I am not declining and of course I expect to have your opinion on them. Don’t be to rough on the boy and criticise my bare legs. I hope Maggie and the baby are getting on alright now, hope they will continue to get on. I am going to write to Jon in answer to his note tomorrow. I have written to Mr Cooper, hope he has received it before you get this. Hope Hughie is going on alright. How did your dramatic entertainment go off, hope it was a success. You said the name of the casualties of Abertysswg are on the program, please let me see one. Well I must wind up, you know my addresses, Sgt. GC Roberts 3144, C. Coy 1/5th, Welsh Regt, 159th Brigade 53rd Division, E.E.F. Lewis Morgan is in good health, sends his kind regards to you all. Hope Mailys and Dyfan are getting on alright and doing alright at school. Well so long for a bit. With best love and best wishes to you all

I am
Your loving Son
Goronwy

xxxxxxx
Mam and Mailys had better take one after each meal

October 31st 916

In the Field

Oct 31 1916

Dear dad and Mam

It gives me great pleasure to tell you that I received two letters from you dated Oct 13th and 17th also one small one from Jon and last but not least the parcel you sent on Oct 5 it came to hand last night I was very pleased to receive these all together so you see that the mails are coming quite good. I am using the writing pad you sent in the parcel now as you see it was a very useful parcel for me. The two pads were very acceptable and the soap will be particularly useful as I am having a washing day tomorrow. I will write and thank Mrs Davies for the handkerchiefs. I took a dose of health salts this morning it’s a treat to take it. It’s a fine thing for constipation which is a serious thing out here as it leads to high temperature and consequently fever. I was particularly glad to get the letters. I wrote to you yesterday saying I had not received but when I came to camp from guard I received the lot. So you see everything comes to him that waits. I was very glad to hear that my letters are reaching you so well. If they continue to do so there will not be much to worry about. You state in your letter that Mag and the baby are getting on well and that Mailys took baby out for his first walk the other day. I am in rather a muddle to make this out. He is a most wonderful baby to be able to walk so soon. Sorry to hear that Auntie M.A is ill hope she will get well soon. You say in your letter that Dr Scudamore says that I shall be a colonel before I come home. Is he looking for trouble or does he intend to be complimentary  because if he thinks I am going to stay in the army long enough for that he is jolly well mistaken, impress this upon him. I have received the letter from Mr Cooper and I have replied to it a week or so ago. I told you in my letters a fortnight ago that I had received the parcel for my birthday and how good it was. You state in your letter that Arthur West is in Haverfordwest, well it’s the best place for him he worried himself till he was ill on the Peninsular he had not got the guts of a rabbit although no man likes to get knocked out for count he made himself ill till he was sent off to hospital. I don’t profess to be a brave chap myself but it’s a thing I have never done yet is to worry myself till I am bad and I shant start now. We had an alarm today, hostile aeroplanes about, it’s only a question of scattering and lie down and everything is alright. I am very pleased to hear that Hughie is getting alright again hope he will be lucky enough to get a staff job in Blighty when he gets better for I guess it’s warm in France now. You also say that Mailys is anxious to go to college but that 25 pounds has to be paid down before she can go. I wish I could come home, because I might be able to do something towards it then. If I could come home and get my accounts settled I would be able to muster up a few pounds towards it because there is 5 pounds for every soldier that leaves England for foreign service and there is what they call hardship money to come as well. If you could do what I asked you in my last letter I might be able to come home on a short leave. Hope Mailys will succeed in going there because she deserves it after doing so well at school and although I was such a dud myself I would like if Mailys could go. Let me know if you can do anything in the matter or if you can suggest anything for me to do. You ask me if I am keeping a diary of my movements well yes I am in my head because it is strictly against regulations. I should look well if I happened to be captured and a diary found on me. I know all I shall require in my head I could tell you everywhere I have been but must not just now. Well I hope you are all keeping fit I am in the pink as usual hope you can say the same hope Nain Jones is still in good health give my love to her. I must now wind up. With best love and best wishes to you all.

Solong for a short space of time as Dyfan says.

I am

Your loving Son

Goronwy

October 31st 1916

In the Field
Oct 31st 1916
Dear Dad and Mam
Just a line again to let you know that I am as per usual in the pink hope you are all the same at home. I am writing this on guard to while away a bit of the time, I have no news to tell you I have not had a letter for about 8 days from you but expect some by this next mail also the parcel. I hope you have received the photos I sent you from Alexandria before now let me know as soon as you get them and of course what you think of them. I have a book of views of Alexandria which I will send on to you later. Let me know when you get the snaps I sent you about a fortnight ago. Well I hardly know what to put down here to fill up the paper. I was on Church Parade yesterday morning and the chaplain preached very well but he can’t come up to Mr Davies, by the way we are expecting back in a week or so. The present chaplain does not take (?) like Mr Davies. I don’t think I told you this little bit. We had a C of E chaplain with us beside Mr Davies but he could not make any shap (?) on things. At Solum he ran a bit of a canteen and coffee stall and on Sunday he would preach to the men about doing him down of piastres in his canteen. The consequence was that many more men of the battalion turned nonconformist and went to Mr Davies parade and attended his lectures so Mr Davies became very popular and the C of E chap has left us and the excuse he gave was that a Welchman was wanted with us. How are things going in Ainon, hope things are prospering although these are trying times. I may tell you honestly (I) am pretty fed up with the desert, ten months out on the desert is no joke it’s awfully monotonous. I would volunteer to go to France if I had a chance because there is plenty of chance to get home from there. I would risk the bullets and shells, a man does not go under before his time and when the time comes he can’t prevent it. I firmly believe this. But if you can get some cause so that I can get compassionate leave. I would be very glad, although I should like to see you all again very much I don’t make myself miserable over it for that would be one of the worst things I could do. I don’t intend to be miserable. How is Maggie getting on also my nephew John hope both are progressing favourably I forgot to tell you that I have had a gold stripe or braid served out to me and have to wear it. The names of all who were entitled to wear it appeared in battalion orders. I think gold braids are all a farce, what are the distinctions of men who have served a long time and been sick of frostbitten. Lewis Morgan had two letters from home last week the first two for about 12 weeks his address is the same as mine C Coy 1/5th Batt Welch Regt EEF he is in good health, it was I put him on the Lewis Gun section a bit easyer than working with the company. Hope Mailys and Dyfan are in good health I am as usual in the best of condition (Pinky). Well I must wind up now with best love and best wishes to you all, so long.
I am
Your loving Son
Goronwy

Sgt GC Roberts xxxxxx Square them out between you all

Best love and wishes to Nain Jones hope she is enjoying herself
Goronwy

Rev J Roberts
The Green
Abertysswg
Mon
Blighty

Comment

GCR is referring to the “Wound Stripe” that was introduced by order of the King in 1916.

The following is from

What’s that on his sleeve? A wound stripe

“The stripe was first authorised under Army Order 204 of 6 July 1916:
“The following distinctions in dress will be worn on the service dress jacket by all officers and soldiers who have been wounded in any of the campaigns since 4th August, 1914:-
Strips of gold Russia braid, No.1, two inches in length, sewn perpendicularly on the left sleeve of the jacket to mark each occasion on which wounded. In the case of officers, the lower end of the first strip of gold braid will be immediately above the upper point of the flap on cuff. Warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men will wear the gold braid on the left sleeve, the lower edge of the braid to be three inches from the bottom of the sleeve. The additional strips of gold braid, marking each subsequent occasion on which wounded, will be placed on either side of the original one at half-inch interval. Gold braid and sewings will be obtained free on indent from the Army Ordnance Department; the sewing on will be carried out regimentally without expense to the public.
But how did a man qualify?
The Army Order was followed by Army Council Instruction No. 1637 of 22 August 1916 …
“…. it is notified for information, that the term ‘wounded’ refers only to those officers and soldiers whose names have appeared, or may hereafter appear, in the Casualty Lists as ‘wounded’. The braid will be supplied to officers and soldiers under regimental arrangements, and Commanding Officers will ensure that it is not worn by those who are not entitled to it. Sufficient for two jackets will be supplied to each man.”
… and was refined by Army Council Instruction No. 2075 of 3 November 1916:
“1. The term ‘wounded’ refers only to those officers and soldiers whose names have appeared or may hereafter appear in casualty lists rendered by the Adjutant General’s office at a base overseas, or by the G.O.C. any force engaged in active operations. Reports in hospital lists are not to be regarded as authoritative for this purpose.
2. Officers and men reported ‘wounded – gas,’ or ‘Wounded – shock, shell,’ are entitled to the distinction.
Accidental or self-inflicted wounds or injuries do not qualify.” ”

October 27th 1916

In the Field
Oct 27 1916

Dear Dad and Mam
Just a line to let you know that I am as per usual in that fine old condition called in the Pink. Hope you all at home are the same. I did not get a letter or anything from you with the last mail but I am pretty sure of having one with the next I am also expecting the parcel you sent me. I must tell you this and mind you do what you can, there is every chance of getting compassionate leave if there is any reasonable excuse such as sickness at home or business want seeing to personally do what you can. I hope Maggie is getting on now and little John is thriving on Army rations. Did you get your photo taken all together four generations of the family as you stated you were. I want one of them when you do. Hope Nain Jones is enjoying herself in Abertysswg. I wrote to Mr Cooper in answer to his letter hope he has received it by when you get this one. Do the letters in green enveloped reach you in good time let me know if they come any better or worse than the censored ones. I have not got any news this time indeed I hardly know what to put down. How is Jon conducting himself since he is a daddy does he swank about much. Tell him to keep the boy out of the army while the war is on its alright in peace time. I was reading this morning of Norwegian boats getting torpedoed by the German submarines don’t they kick up a fuss about it? They are like Americans as tough as nails with regard to insults they take no notice of them. There was a little do out this way last week nothing much, was not in it at all. My address is Sgt GC Roberts 3144 C Coy 1/5th Batt Welsh Regt EEF. How is Abertysswg going on has not shifted yet I suppose I am afraid I shall not be able to find it when I come home. Well I must wind up. Hope Mam is in good health and that Mailys and Dyfan are doing alright at school hope they are also in good health. Solong for now with best love and best wishes to you all.
I am
Your loving Son
Goronwy

Comment

Norway, “the neutral ally”

http://encyclopedia.1914-1918-online.net/article/norway

 

 

October 24th 1916

 

In the Field
October 24 1916

Dear Dad and Mam,
Just a line to let you know that I am as usual in the pinky state of affairs hope you all at home are the same. We had a mail in yesterday but I did not get anything but I am not grumbling for I had seven letters with the last one. I wrote to you two of three days ago hope you have received it before you get this one. I had my photo taken in Alex hope you have received it before now because I posted it on to you at once. What do you think of them not so very bad do you think so? I also sent you some snaps which I thought were very nice. I had them given to me my one of the chaps who was on Cape Helles with me in the same dug out he took them himself. Hope you have had them before now please keep them they will be very interesting in future times. How is Nain Jones, John and Mag getting on, hope they are all up to the mark. I have not got much to say right now you would be surprised to see how monotonous things are out here in the desert the Arabian desert we are on {………………?} We had a draft this week and Harry Weeks brother came with it. He told me had been speaking to you a few weeks ago when he was home on leave. I don’t think much of him. The pal of Arthur West was asking me about him, is he still in the Fort? Let me know he has written to him a few times but has received no answer from him. How is Hughie Cooper getting on hope he is improving. I told you in my last epistle that I had received a letter from Mr Cooper will write in return this week, will also write to Jonathan. By the way has Dyfan had his long bags yet, let me know. The baby of the family has lost his position now well be does not mind I’m sure (he) is very proud of his promotion to uncle but I must remind him that I am senior to him therefore his superior officer so he had better look out. Hope Mailys is still doing well at school. Hope she will be able to go to college next year and also hope I shall me at home to give a hand for her to go there. I hear Mafanwy is groning (sic) about the grub she gets, well give her Army rations I bet she would not live to tell the tale after some, say nice bully stew. You mentioned in your last letter that you had dinner with the Abertysswg boys, also you enclosed a description of the same. Well is I had a feed like that I should not know weather (sic) I was standing on my head or my feet with the joy of the fact, but still this active service therefore we can’t expect to have all we would like to get. How much longer
My address is Sgt GC Roberts 3144 C Coy 1/5 Bn Welsh
do you think this war is going to last?
Regt EEF please make a note of it
Do you think it will last out the winter? There is only about ten weeks left to Xmas so you see time is rolling on. Well I must wind up Hope Mam and the baby get on well. Hope you are all in the very best of health. I am (quice materi) Arabic for (very good). So long for a short space of time as Dyfan says in his letters. With best love and best wishes to you all.
I am
Your affectionate Son
Goronwy

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