18 Oct 1916 Had my gold stripe given me today

Mason Ward
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter this morning pleased to hear all are well. Uncle Will & Auntie Nell came up this afternoon & we went for a drive round the country. Uncle reckons Dad could get on nicely at Dartmouth why don’t you both think about it if it’s any good? I’m jolly pleased to hear that Jim Etheridge is alive & hope he’ll get on alright. Mrs Johnson got her share of bad luck if anybody does. Had my gold stripe given me today, there is an order out now for all men to be issued with them in hospital. Hope Ethel is getting on alright at business & keeping fit. Thank her for writing will write soon.

Kind regards to all neighbours & love to all at home.

Your affect Son
Jack
Congrats to Flip

11 Oct 1916 … getting quite fat I’m told

Mason Ward
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot
S Devon

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter this morning, pleased to hear all are well. I’m still going A1 getting quite fat I’m told. How do you think these photographs are looking, anything like your humble. If you think they are good & would like some more send me a little cash I’ll get some. Thank Ethel for her letter to me & tell her I’ll write her one of these times. Have not heard from Mr Hudsen lately suppose he & the family are alright. Should like 2/6 if you can spare before Saturday & then you needn’t send any as you suggested. By the way you know you are always welcome to my cash there is no need to ask me when you want it. Cheer ho! & kind regards to all neighbours. Hoping this will find all well.

I remain
Your affect Son
Jack

7 Oct 1916 I’m still going strong

Mason Ward
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Was pleased to receive your letter this morning, but sorry you had not heard me as I wrote you a letter either Tuesday or Wednesday acknowledging receipt of badge & yesterday I sent a P.C. & photograph in an envelope so you should have received them by now. I’m still going strong. Heard from Harold today his wound has broken down & he is going back to Tooting. Pat is going A1 heard from him a few days ago. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect Son
Jack

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

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

24 Aug 1916 photo001

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
24 Aug 1916 001

 

22 Aug 1916 My mouth will not be opened for a fortnight or so yet.

No 2 Ward
VAD Hosp.
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father,
Received your letters & card this morning, pleased to hear everything is A1. That piece that came out of my jaw is a part of the jaw not lead. I got another small splinter out yesterday & there is another piece working out now. My mouth will not be opened for a fortnight or so yet. The leg is getting on fine but I don’t want it to get well too soon. Have had some fine weather here lately & I think today is going to be a scorcher. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to all.

Your affect Son
Jack
23 Aug 1916001

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
21 Aug 1916001

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
16 Aug 1916001

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
15 Aug 1916001

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
14 Aug 1916 pg1033