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
Hope Mam will digest these and not box my years when I come home