19 May 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

19 May

South Western Hotel,



Dear Mother.

I got “Jane” on board alright & imagining I had scored & was safe left her in charge of the steward. When I went back the Master of the Ship arrived & said I could not possibly take her. I argued etc & told him I had escaped the A.M.L.O & Embarkation officer & he had no right to stop me. All to no purpose, and as she cannot travel during Whitsun she leaves here on Wednesday & will be delivered at Delaford.

A doggy porter has her in charge at present.

I have just had some tea here as I am not going yet.

Best love to all

yr loving son


What…? Just what….?  “Jane” must presumably yet another of Richard’s dogs rather than his sister. Someone needs to tell Richard a dog is for life not just for a posting. My guess is that Richard is departing Southampton for France after leave at Delaford and that Jane is another of his mother’s terrier pups. 

Assistant Military Landing Officer.

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