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5 May 1916 – Richard to Gertrude

C/o Cox & Co


May 5.


Dear Mother.

The mails seem all upset, as there’s been none in since I wrote you last. We expect one next week sometime then, I suppose we’ll get 2 at once or something silly. Nothing doing much here.

Tell Jim I’ve met Seymour, his Bognor friend of many years ago. He’s in the 2/9 Gurkas. How or why I don’t know. He’s pretty ugly is’nt he & wears glasses. I dunno’ what he’s doing down here either. Has Ben ever sent me Ted’s camera. I asked ages ago for it & have put off buying one as I expect it every mail.

The Boots have come.

Well Best love to all. Nothing exciting doing.

Yr loving son


I’m getting so good at tennis.

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5 May 1916 – Paul to Gertrude


c/o G.P.O.

May 5th 1916.


My dear Mother.  V. many thanks for your letter – yes they are rather depressing times just at present are’nt they – & the casualty lists seem to be so big too.

Awfully glad to hear Topher will be home soon- hope he won’t be disappointed again. I had a letter from Jim telling me he was off to France sometime – and was awfully glad – as he has had enough messing about as he called it.

I did’nt know you had taken the garden in front – you never told me for certain – you were only thinking about it –

Poor Mrs Perkins – she seems to have had a pretty rotten time at Lowestoft – I wonder they had time to get anywhere – dreadful for them it must have been.

We are still having jolly good weather too thank goodness – it does buck one up so during these monotonous days.

I’ve seen Mr Drew a good deal lately – he & I have been dining with each other – simply lovely it was seeing each other again – & how we talked.

Jane seems fairly busy these days – had a lovely long letter from her to-day.

There is really not much news – I am very fit-

with very best love to you all

Your ever loving son


There’s very little garden in the front of Delaford (assuming that it’s Delaford which Paul is writing about) but in a later letter Richard refers to the garden as being “opposite” the house. The house is now a business centre, the space in front is a car park and the building opposite it is a hotel. 

Delaford, Guildford

Delaford, Guildford

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