Dear Dad and Mam
Just a line again to let you know that I am as per usual in the pink and hope you are all the same. well I am back from my week’s leave in Alex and have thoroughly enjoyed myself while I was there but I must say it seemed very hard to come back here again from there am in the line. I went to the Zoological gardens but they have not got many animals there, Cairo gardens are by far the best. I was very much amused to see there some English rabbits also English pheasants and peacocks. The Gipos value the peacocks very much and prize their tail feathers highly. I was also in some other gardens I forget their name as I am not much of a hand at remembering names especially Arabic ones. It was a great treat to see the green trees and beautiful flowers once more and i can assure you. I won’t be sorry but extremely glad to see old Cymru again and especially that little place called Abertysswg. What do you say about it. I wrote two short letters to you while I was in Alex so that you would be able to hear from me in a short time at least shorter than usual. I was staying at a hotel while I was in Alex but was having my food in the soldiers and sailors home. There is an old lady there who was like a mother to us all with. A good word for everybody. I went to see Pompey’s Pillar also General Abercromby’s memorial near where he fell in the battles of Alexandria.I also saw General Earle’s statue in the English church in Alex. He was killed in the Sudan. I saw Mohammed Ali’s statue many times it is an extremely fine bit of work. I guess Dad would like to come out and see Egypt for without a doubt although I hate the country there are plenty of very interesting places in it and days can be spent in going to see them also pounds or piastres. Another thing I was glad of was to meet some men who had just come out from Blighty and to hear it was still in the same place. I have not met anyone from Abertysswg bar George Parry since I have been out from England would like to see some of them I know. I saw a chap in my batt when I came from Alex who had met someone from Aber in Port Said who you Dad is supposed to have written to, to ask if he knew anything about me as you have not received a letter from me for some time. I can tell you this was not pleasant news for me to hear and I feel pretty worried about it for it is a rotten thing to hear as I have been thinking that you have been receiving my letters pretty regular. I have always been very careful to write to you at least twice a week sometimes more and it it is only once to twice I have failed to write at all and that was on the march. I will be very glad if you will please let me know how things stand for I am anxious about it. I can’t make out who it is you have written to or supposed to have written to for I hope it is not correct. I passed the batt on the way up and saw Lewis and Tudor Dodd, they are both alright and wish to be remembered to you. I have not had a letter from you for about a fortnight, but am not worrying about that because they will come alright am expecting one any day I have not had a letter from Jon for goodness knows how long but am living in hope if I die of despair. Hope they are alright how is Glyn hope he is keeping up to the mark. By the way I weighed in Alex and found I was only 13 stone quite a light weight. I also had a photo taken with some pals just after we had arrived there. I have not had a haircut and my mop is sticking up for fine weather consequently I look a regular wild man from Borneo. I am enclosing the said photograph for you but please don’t be alarmed it’s only me. I met one of my pals from Cape Hellas days he is p.b. (?) had his finger knocked off with a lump of shrapnel. He is in a base QM stores. I was very pleased to see him. Another of my pals with me there is in a garrison battalion. He is the one who gave me them snapshots I sent you. I hope to get some of the best of them enlarged when I come home which I hope will not be long. I intend to write to Roberts the Co-Op today in answer to his letter which was a very decent one. My address is still 241261 Corpl GC Roberts 159 Brigade Trench Mortar Battery. EEF. Have you heard the result of Mailys and Dyfan’s exams yet. I do hope Dyfan will pass the CWB exam, what does he intend to go in for. Tell him to write and let me know as i am very much interested. Has Dad written to Mr Davies yet I have not seen him for somew time. I am anxiously waiting for the mail as there is one due and I am looking forward to having a letter from you. I hope you are all in the very best of health. I am feeling as usual in the pink. I have not got any more to say just now will write again soon. Best love and best wishes to you all.
Your affectionate Son
Pompey’s Pillar is a Roman triumphal column in Alexandria, Egypt, and the largest of its type constructed outside the imperial capitals of Rome and Constantinople. The only known free-standing column in Roman Egypt which was not composed of drums, it is one of the largest ancient monoliths and one of the largest monolithic columns ever erected. The monolithic column shaft measures 20.46 m in height with a diameter of 2.71 m at its base. The weight of the single piece of red Aswan granite is estimated at 285 tonnes. Erroneously dated to the time of Pompey, the Corinthian column was actually built in 297 AD, commemorating the victory of Roman emperor Diocletian over an Alexandrian revolt.
In 1800, General Ralph Abercromby, commanded the expedition to the Mediterranean, and after some brilliant operations defeated the French in the Battle of Alexandria, March 21, 1801. During the action he was struck by a musket-ball in the thigh; but not until the battle was won and he saw the enemy retreating did he show any sign of pain. He was borne from the field in a hammock, cheered by the blessings of the soldiers as he passed, and conveyed on board the flag-ship HMS Foudroyant which was moored in the harbour. The ball could not be extracted; mortification ensued, and seven days later, on March 28, 1801, he died. (Wikipedia)
Major General William Earle fought in the Crimean War, was later part of the Nile Expedition attempting to relieve General Gordon at Khartoum. He was killed following the Battle of Kirbekan. (Wikipedia)