1 Oct 1916 … managed to slide in at 12.30 without getting spotted

Mason Ward
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot
Devon

My Dear Mother & Father
Hope you got home safely & found everything ok. Is Ethel alright should like to know. Had a nice letter from Mrs Paterson today tell her I’ll write soon. Go down & see her when you get time she been laid up lately.

I’m still getting along A1. Had a nice walk this morning managed to slide in at 12.30 without getting spotted. Hope you both enjoyed yourselves during the week, don’t expect Dad feels like work. Well cheer ho! & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect Son
Jack

14 Sept 1916 When the hut opens I expect another convoy will follow fairly quickly

Ward No 2
V.A.D. HOSPITAL
NEWTON ABBOT

My Dear Mother & Father
Just a few lines to let you know I’m still getting on A1. The weather here is still keeping fine, hope it will be like it when you come down. Uncle Harry & daughter came up to see me yesterday & were surprised to see me looking so fit.

I expect to shift back into the hut next week though I’d rather stay here especially as the cold weather will soon be here. When the hut opens I expect another convoy will follow fairly quickly. Hope your eye is alright now mother and that you are feeling better. Suppose Dad is still busy & keeping fit; how is Ethel now? Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect Son
Jack

6 Sept 1916 …my leg and jaw are both going A1

Ward No 2
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Just a few lines in answer to your letter of this morning. I’m feeling alright and my leg and jaw are both going A1. We are off to Teignmouth this afternoon so hope it will keep fine. The weather is getting fine again now & today the sun has been shining brightly so that one is glad to get in the shade. Enclosed you will find Railway Pass for two so let me know when to expect you. Thanks for cigs, tobacco & cash. I was right out of cigs but had plenty of tobacco. Hope Ethel is getting on alright & still enjoying herself. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to all at home.

Your affect Son
Jack

 

24 Aug 1916 I’ve lost about 10lbs since I’ve been wounded

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The  letter contains a photograph of Jack in Hospital, second from the right with two other soldiers and a nurse.

Ward No 2
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother and Father,
At last a few lines. Received your PC this morning pleased to hear both are well. Tuesday I went by motor boat from here to Teignmouth had tea & came back by train. Wednesday I went out to tea & Thursday to Totnes by bike & down the river from there to Dartmouth; I went & saw Grandpa, Ethel met me at the pontoon. Left Dartmouth & went back to Totnes had tea and then finished the journey by bike. You’ll be pleased to hear I’m still going strong though I’ve lost about 10lbs since I’ve been wounded. Have had a lot of rain here during the last week; what is it like at home? I got a nice pair of shoes from Uncle Will, light ones with elastic in the sides jolly fine for walking about in. Kind regards to all. Love to both.

Your affectionate Son
Jack
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21 Aug 1916 My face has spoiled the photographs …

Ward No 2
VAD
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father,
A few lines to let you know I’m getting on alright. Sorry I’ve not written for a day or two. Ethel came this afternoon with Auntie & the [youngest]. I think Ethel is looking up fine. The weather here is grand, have had no showers lately. Hope Dad is still busy and keeping in the best of health. Had a letter from Pat the other day & one from his ma. Thanks very much for the tobacco. My face has spoiled the photographs otherwise they are not bad. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Dad & self. Trusting this will find you well.

Your affect Son
Jack
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16 August 1916 I can manage to get about with a walking stick now …

V.A.D. Hospital, Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter today. I can manage to get about with a walking stick now but my leg will be some time before it’s healed up. Am expecting Bulletins [sometime] glad to know you got yours. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to all.

Your affect Son
Jack
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15 August 1916 Shall be able to walk about with only a stick shortly

Ward no 2
VAD Hosp,
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father,
Received your letter today also pipe &c many thanks. I’ve just smoked a pipe of tobacco it’s grand after not having smoked one for nearly seven weeks. The weather here is fair now, rather showery at times. Shall be able to walk about with only a stick shortly. Had a nice letter from Uncle Will Haniford today, he seemed rather pleased with me for writing him. Let me know when Ethel is coming down. By the way, I bet she won’t be very pleased with people telling her she’s like me, after she’s seen my phiz. I shall not want any more money for some time as its impossible for me to spend it at present. Mr Hudson is going to send you the “Bulletin” with the a/c in. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect Son
Jack
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14 August 1916 … he also told me Ethel was looking A1 …

V.A.D. Hospital, Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter this morning glad to hear all are A1. Just had a letter from Harold he says he’s getting well too soon, he also told me Ethel was looking A1 and that she does not like to hear anything about the R.F.C. poor Willie. I’m still getting on alright. Had a letter from Mrs Peake a few days ago I am just going to answer it. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect Son
Jack
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13 August 1916 My face is more like its natural self …

Ward No 2
V.A.D. Hosp
Newton Abbot
Devon

My Dear Mother & Father,
You’ll be pleased to hear I’m still going strong & with an appetite as good as ever. Had a few showers here yesterday & today & now the atmosphere is quite cool. [Rolly] Jones wrote the other day he’s very cheerful. I only wish I had my ticket the same as he has. Hope Dad is still busy & also keeping fit. You need not send those magazines you speak about as I’ve seen most of the mags for this month. Don’t forget my pipe as I’m looking forward to a decent smoke. Let me know when you & Dad are coming down & I’ll get another pass. My face is more like its natural self now, only hope it will keep like it. Will ring off now with kind regard to neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect Son
Jack

10 August 1916 By the way should like a small light pipe

V.A.D. Hospital Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter this morning glad to hear all are well. My jaw will have to be fastened up for about 3 more weeks. By the way should like a small light pipe. I can enjoy a pipe of tobacco better than cigs. When is Ethel coming down tell her to go easy on the hob nails. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves. Thanks for stamps. Hope Dad is still A1 & enjoying life. Cheer ho!

Your affect Son
Jack
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