15 January 1915 – Ted to Jane

15 Jan


Dear Jinny

I am a fool. I’ve brought out those films I bought at Masseys & they are much too small! I quite forgot to try them before I left, & only tried them this morning and found out. And I can’t send them home as you are not allowed to. I must send you some money to pay for them.

Hope you all got back safely after your sporting effort in seeing me off. I suppose now you are busy in the hospital, washing dishes and making yourselves generally useful. No news here, except that it is a rotten place, & there is no place to compare with England.

By the way I did’nt think much of the passing show, did you? I wish we had gone to Drury Lane now instead as several fellers here told me it was very good, & of course I’ve also heard it was rotten.

My dear my fur-lined [Aqua]scutum [coat] is quite the buzz of the regiment, & all are very envious; so it’s been a success you see, though I have’nt worn it in really wet weather yet. It’s been raining here all the time I’ve been away & is fairly dull today; awful cold too. We had a lovely crossing, just nice and rough and blowy enough to be really nice. Is’nt it rot having to come out here again; still I’m glad in a way my leave was’nt longer as I should have found it harder still to come out. I don’t suppose we shall get any more leave for some time now, at least it’s all been stopped now & we are going back into the trenches next week I believe.

Sorry I have’nt got much news to tell you but as I only saw you yesterday morning, I have’nt had much time! Thanks awfully for all you did for me at home Jinny, I had a fizzing time & hope to be home again soon to rag you. Write me a nice long letter soon and tell us all about it. So long keep smiling, tons of love from



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  1. Tamsin

    15 January, '15 at 11:27

    Golly gosh, boys’ own stuff, isn’t it. (Or should I say “is’nt it” – and, no, spell-checker I don’t want that corrected.) The English smothering their emotions. With the casualty lists coming in and the war clearly not being over by Christmas the partings must have been truly harrowing. And of course you turned out at the crack of dawn to see the last of a beloved son/brother who you had not seen since the Coronation and have just snatched a poignant week with.
    Poor Kenny, and Kenny’s poor mother… Although that is still to come. I shouldn’t have been reading the Christmas Truce books with their spoilers.


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