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2 Aug 1914 – Paul to Gertrude

02 Aug
Paul's first letter of the war

Paul’s first letter of the war

H.M.S. Gloucester. Malta

Sunday, 2nd Aug

Well Mother as these times are very critical and perhaps there may be no more mails for some time, I suppose I ought to sit down and write a sort of farewell letter – of course we are all awfully excited over these rumours of wars etc, but I cannot tell you any thing about it at all, however much I know, and it makes it all the harder to write really.

If anything happens – my monetary affairs are quite settled- I have a Banker – all the same as Cox – called Stilwell & Sons- 42 Pall Mall – who hold a life Insurance of mine for £100 & I am sending them all my bills, receipts etc- & they will see to all that – the £100 will easily cover everything, & what’s left over they will send to you. Of course Mother, we all hope & pray this will not have to happen yet- I want to see you all again, naturally- & one feels so far away out here. But all this is put to one side when anything happens in earnest, a momentary homesick feeling & then King & Country-

Well Goodbye Mother – I hope & pray I shall be able to write to you for years & years to come – and that all this will finish up with everybody happy-

My very best love to you all and God bless you –
always your loving son
Paul


Paul’s writing looks like a scrawl but it is probably the most legible of all the brothers’. Of course, he was frequently writing on board ship.

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2 responses to “2 Aug 1914 – Paul to Gertrude

  1. Paul Raven

    4 August, '14 at 13:03

    Amazing to read my Grandfathers words. And £100 covers all his expenses!

     
  2. Family Letters

    12 August, '14 at 00:06

    It’s extraordinary, isn’t it. I had a moment of real dislocation when I got news of what was happening to Paul on HMS Gloucester exactly 100 years ago via my Twitter List of contemporary news reports. Well worth subscribing to. – https://twitter.com/FamilyLetters/lists/ww1-live-tweets

     

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