27 Oct 1916 …I’m still alive & kicking

 

Mason Ward
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot
Devon

My Dear Mother & Father
At last a few lines to let you know I’m still alive & kicking. The weather here is horrible & has been for the last few weeks, nothing but rain all the time. Hope Dad is still fit & busy. How is Ethel getting on now dying to see dear Ernie I suppose?What do you think about this phiz of mine, is it better than the other one?  My jaw is still about the same I’m having massage for it. I received 1 alright. I told you last time I wrote. Hope all are keeping well at home & that everything is going A1. Kindest regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

Your affect son
Jack

P.S. Hope Mrs Paterson is alright now, give her and Mr also fam. my best wishes.

 

 

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20 Oct 1916 Still going strong but not too swift

Mason Ward
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Still going strong but not too swift. Haven’t had any letters today so shall expect a few tomorrow. Hope Dad is still well & keeping busy. How is Ethel getting on at bus: & at the piano. By the way she never sent me the notes to [ ] on. Should like Ern Millest’s address if you can get it. Hope Mr & Mrs Hudson & family are all [well] also Mr and Mrs Laurence & fam, give them my kindest regards. You can include Marjory in the programme if you wish! The weather has settled down during the last few days & is now rather cold, quite nice though. Trusting this will find all well with kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel & selves.

I remain

Your affect Son
Jack

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

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

8 Sept 1916 We all went to Teignmouth Wednesday afternoon

Ward No 2
VAD Hosp
Newton Abbot

My Dear Mother & Father
Received your letter this morning. I’m glad to hear all are keeping well at home. The weather here has been fine of late only hope it will keep so for a few weeks. We all went to Teignmouth Wednesday afternoon.  Went there and back in motorcars I had tea there. Yesterday I went for a motordrive round Torquay & Paignton out for about 2 ½ hours. My jaw is still fixed up but going on alright. Give my kind regards to Jack Herbert & his Mrs when they come over. Kind regards to all neighbours & love to Ethel and 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

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