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