8 Dec 1916 … so I should think I’m here for Xmas

Ward B16
1st Southern Genl
Birmingham

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your P.C. this morning, & cannot understand why you have not had more than 1 P.C. as I’ve written quite three times. We can get out here from 2 – 4pm every day so this afternoon I’m going to have a look around Brum. Saw the Dentist yesterday & he told me to call again in a fortnight so I should think I’m here for Xmas. I’m keeping more or less fit & cheerful & am looking forward to a good old beano when I leave here. There is a concert tonight, shall have to imagine I’m at the Empire or there about. I miss the beer I used to get at Solihull, shall have to be a TT for a short while. Hope Ethel is still merry & bright and keeping the house going & also learning “Alice”. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to all at home.

Your affect Son
Jack
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8 Dec 1916 … all old crocks are being sent back …

Although dated 8 Dec 1916 it seems likely this was written before that date based on the second letter also dated 8 Dec.

Ward B16
1st Southern Genl
Birmingham

My Dear Mother & Father
I came back to this show yesterday afternoon & as I know my way about & also a few chaps have managed to settle down fairly well. Have not seen the Dentist yet, but shall do later in the day. Don’t expect I shall be home for Xmas as it’s a fortnight Monday, still if you wish to, get that ring & keep it until I return. Wonder how long I shall be in Blighty before going to France again as all old crocks are being sent back & this lad does not look ill at all. We are allowed out here from 2 pm – 4 pm now, so I shall have a look around Brum when I get the chance. Hope Dad is keeping well & still busy & how is Ethel getting on at bus:? Has Mr Cornish gone to the front yet? The weather here is wet but I think it will clear up shortly, what is it like at home?

Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your Affect Son
Jack

 

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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29 Mar 1916 Leave has been suspended again …

No 58 B Grenadier Co
L.R.B.

My Dear Mother & Father
A few lines to let you know I’m still A1. The weather here is inclined to be cold & the March winds are in evidence. Leave has been suspended again for a few days still I hope to be home soon. Had a nice letter from Mrs Paterson yesterday she appears to keep very cheerful. Hows the baby getting on now? Hope Dad is still busy & in the best of health. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to all at home.

Your affect Son
Jack
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29 Sept 1915 …the weather’s getting cold

 

No 58 B Co

Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter and papers yesterday many thanks for latter. I went over to where Pat is billeted but he’s gone to the trenches and a Serg: of the 10 RB who knows him told me he’d be out next Monday so I shall go over then if poss. Have had nothing but rain here lately & the weather’s getting cold. Cheer ho! everyone & with love to all

I remain
[Your affectionate son] Jack

23 Sept 1915 There are a lot of Indians here …

No. 58. B. Co
LRB
British Exp Force

Dear Mother & Father
A few lines to let you know I’m getting on alright & am quite well. I haven’t received a letter from home for quite five days it may be that the post is being held up again. Up here I’m well amongst the noise of guns & rifle fire still as safe as can be. The weather here has be grand since we landed in France very hot during the day but cold at night. Yesterday I had a fine hot bath & change of underclothes. There are a lot of Indians here they’re a funny set of men & what’s more they seem to be getting a little too much fling for blacks. I see by the papers that new [Taxes] are coming into force hope they won’t interfere with you. The way things are going the sooner this game’s ended the better for everybody. Try to save my money when it comes you might find it useful later on especially as everything is in such a bad state. We are under canvas here and live pretty well, much better than last time I was out here, but the water is not fit to drink unless filtered or boiled. I should like you to send out with the other stuff a 2 ounce tin of Waverley tobacco as the stuff here is not much class. Hope bus [business] is still brisk up top & that all are keeping well.  Kind regards to everyone around & love to Ethel and selves.

Your affectionate Son
Jack

P.S I wrote to Mr Cornish a week or so ago don’t know whether I’ve offended him as he hasn’t replied of course he may have not have received the letter.

[on back of letter]

Dear Ethel
Many thanks for your letter about a fortnight ago. Very pleased to hear you are getting on alright & hope you enjoyed your holiday. I suppose you are very pleased with your fiance eh what! for joining the colours, by the way has he seen the error of his ways yet. Hope you’ll be able to play with perfection “Alice” by the time I return, say about December 1920 if not a week or two before. Cheer ho! & don’t overwork (trust you for that) & with kind regards to [Pusky/Rusty?] & love to self, also regards to dear Ernie.

I remain
Your dear little brother
Jack

23 Sep 1915 to Ethel

23 Sep 1915 to Ethel

21 Sept 1915 … the last few days I’ve played cricket & footer

No 58 B Co
LRB
B E F

Dear Mother and Father
A few lines to let you know I’m still keeping fit & in the best of spirits. The weather here is grand & the last few days I’ve played cricket & footer. Will you ask Conny to give you

21 Sep 1915

21 Sep 1915

Harold’s and Charlie’s address as I want to write them. Had another letter from Flip yesterday & one from Uncle Will.  I’ve shifted a bit farther up since I last wrote you. Flip tells me he has to wear smoked glasses now, rather rotten luck eh! Hope everything is going alright at home & that all are well. Will you send me each week if poss the Penny Pic, Tit Bits & the Penny Mag, just wrap them up as a newspaper & they’ll come out for about 2d out here they cost 2 ½- 3d each.  Love to all

Your affectionate Son
Jack