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


December 2016

Happy Christmas 1916

Christmas card sent from Egypt by GCR to his parents in South Wales

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December 7 1916 Cairo

Sgt GC Roberts 3144
In the Field
Dec 7 1916
Dear Dad and Mam
Just a line to let you know that I am as per usual in the pink hope you are all the same. I sent you my photo the beginning of the week hope you have had them before now. I am still on the course and will be here till week next Saturday so that when I get back to the battalion I will expect a good big mail waiting for me. I told the chaps in my tent in the batt to open the parcel from the Ladies Committee and eat all that’s eatable in it and keep the rest for me. Don’t you think this was the best way because I might never get it if they sent it on here. When I go back and see it has come I will write and thank the Ladies Committee. I have not got much news this time by the way I was at a service in the YMCA here on Sunday night a sergeant of the RWF was preaching he was from Holyhead. He was very good and I enjoyed the service up to the mark. I have not seen anybody from about Abertysswg about here saw some chaps from Merthyr. We get plenty to do here I have not worked so hard for a long long time and I have to use what little I have upstairs too. It’s not simply form fours and quick march but plenty of brain work, map reading, marching by compass, lectures etc etc etc and so on. After the first week my brains felt proper addled by trying to cram so much inside it. I am sure you pity my poor little head, if you don’t you ought to. There is a chap from Brethder (Brithdir) here with me, he is a corporal. Well I don’t think I have much more to say hope you are well excuse the writing as I am in a hurry and have been all along since I have been here. I have to fag company drill for tomorrow. Hope you are all in the very best of health. Give my love to Jon and Mag hope my nephew is in the pink look after the youngster till I come home to give him some points. Hope Mailys and Dyfan are getting on alright. I hope Mam and Dad are (Juice Katiar ?). With best wishes to you all.
I am
Your loving Son
Goronwy xxxx
Hope you have enjoyed a Very Happy Xmas

Brithdir is a in the Rhymney valley just over a mile south of Abertysswg

December 3 1916 Cairo

Sgt GC Roberts 3144
Dec 3 1916

Dear Dad and Mam
Tomorrow will be the last day for letters to arrive in time for Xmas to you so I am writing this to you and I am enclosing my mug you can do what you like with I don’t think much of it a Russian took it and it cost me twenty piastres if you know how much that is. I was on church parade this morning and had a very good service. I do not know who the chaplain is. By the way I do not think I told you that Mr Davies returned from hospital on the day before I came away I did not have an opportunity to speak with him. He looks well now. I am at the school of instruction for three weeks and hope to be able to pass out. I wish I had the gift of the gaff a bit more, I would do alright then, but I can only do my best and no more. How are you all getting on hope you are all in the best of health. I am as per usual OK. Give my love to Jon, Mag and the youngster. Wish them a very Happy Xmas for me I will not have time to write but will drop them a Field Card. I sent a Xmas card on before hope you will receive them and by the way, my mug will do for a New Year Card. I have not worked so hard as I have last week since I have been in the Army and certainly not before. Give my kind regards to Mrs Davies next door also to Mr Cooper and Hughie. Hope the later has not made a fool of himself, he is not really so daft as to marry that piece. Now Mam hope you will not give me a telling off as you did in your last again because as I have told you I am out in the wilds or desert most of the time and am only in civilization for three weeks. Well I have not got much to say this time. I have been around the town it is a very pretty place in some parts but the native parts are very squalid they always are. I detest these n*****s, are nothing else but the scum of the earth at least most of them are. They learn to ask for buchisch before they start to say dad and mam. That means something for nothing. I was in the Esbecaia Gardens (Ezbekieh Gardens). yesterday they are very pretty there are some fine white bark palm trees there, also some eucaliptus trees and many others fine fountains there as well as a beautiful grotto. Well I must wind up now wishing you all a very Happy Xmas once more. Give my love to Mailys and Dyfan hope they are doing well no doubt they are having holidays now hope they will enjoy them.
Best love and best wishes for a Happy Xmas
I am
Your loving Son
Xxxxxx for Xmas dinner
You know my address
I have sent one photo to the following
Nain Jones
Auntie Polly
Give the rest where you like

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