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

 

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

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

17 July 1916 You’ll be pleased to hear I’m going on A1

The Big Tent
V.A.D. Hosp
Newton Abbot

 

Dear Dad
You’ll be pleased to hear I’m going on A1. Saw mother this afternoon, she’s looking very well. I was rather surprised at first when she came in. Hope you like the new job. Can’t be late in the morning. The weather here is fine, different [    ] to that in London. Thanks for your letter give my kind regards to all neighbours. Love to Ethel & self.

Your affect Son
Jack
17 July 1916 pg102917 July 1916 pg2028