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12 May 1916 – Richard to Gertrude

C/o Cox & Co

Karachi.

May 12.

 

My dear Mother

Many thanks for your letter. (April 19). I expect to hear next mail the gold watch has arrived. I expect that wretched book is in my despatch box which is locked & I have the key!

It is bad luck on Topher his leave was stopped. I hope the girls and all got home for that wkend.

I got the Cordwalles Chronicle alright. Most interesting & I also got a letter from Paul. Thank him when you write.

Jane also wrote saying she had seen Evelyn.

We are getting wounded in now & expect some from Kut soon.

Best love to all, sorry it’s so short a letter but I’ve left it so late

Yr loving son

Richard.


Siege of Kut al Amara

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Kut

 
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12 May 1916 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. MALAYA.

c/o G.P.O.

May. 12th 1916

 

Dear Mother

Very many thanks for your letter – it arrived the same time as usual in spite of Monday’s postage – funny things happen these days!!

We are having our regatta at present – 2 days’ show – yesterday & to-day – Lovely weather for it too. I stroked our officers’ crew yesterday in a race – but we only managed to come in fourth. I am in another race to-day.

Suppose I ought to write & congratulate Maggie on being engaged – Jane told me there were rumours of it – but that it was’nt public yet- I am sorry to hear about the dove – must have been about 12 years old I should think – however did the rat get in the cage.

I saw Digby acting in a play onboard his ship the other day – awfully good he was – I did’nt have time to talk to him as there was a slight rush at the end. We have got the jig-saw rage again – a fearful thing to have really, as it keeps you up so late- If you hear of anyone wanting to give away or lend you might remember me will you-

With best love to you all

Ever your loving son

Paul

 
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12 May 1916 – Ted to Gertrude

May 12/16

 

Dear Mother

As I told you before I think we got another mail yesterday, making 2 again this week. Are’nt they erratic. Yes, Nell said my letters were very late that week & she did’nt get them till Monday. I heard from her yesterday of course & she was delighted at the prospect of going to stay at Delaford, but how awfully short. But of course that can’t be helped as she works at the old hospital 3 times a week. I’m longing to hear how she got on, from both you and her. I hope she was nice and behaved herself! I wish I could have been there.

Quite a large week end party you must have had; what awful bad luck on Topher not being able to get home. I do think it’s rotten, especially as it was all a scare apparently, as as far as one can see there has been no pressing urgency on the British Front to warrant the stopping of all leave. Poor boy, I do hope he gets his leave soonish as he must be wanting some badly.

Fearful rain yesterday, but I think it did a lot of good, though perhaps it’s too late now to do any real permanent good. Anyhow it’s made the place gorgeously cool and clean, as we have had a lot of dust storms lately which simply coat the place in dust and are very unpleasant. Last night, just at dinner time there was a tremendous thunderstorm with brilliant lightning & very heavy rain; a wonderful sight the lightning, it seemed to be all colours, blue, purple & mauve. But it did clear the air anyhow and this morning (I am writing this at 6.30 a.m. before parade) it is simply gorgeous, cold, clean, & clear. The weather before the rain made one feel horribly sick, but it’s much better now.

I am sorry about old Lewis’ son. Yes Rather I remember the old man well, at anyrate by name, & I’ve often heard of the flying son, both in France & at Delaford. I know he had done awfully well out there and it does seem a shame he should have been killed. He’s been right through the war so far, has’nt he. Was’nt his daughter-in-law a friend of Spider’s? I remember meeting her there, & I think you said she had been to call on you the other day; rather a nice person I thought; anyhow she had heard of the Garhwalis I know, because her brother is in the 2/Leicesters who were brigaded with us in France.

The new arrangement upstairs sounds an improvement. In any case the view out over the lawn is much nicer than the other I think, and anyhow a change is always attractive. What about that old ceiling in the front room d’you think? Is it quite safe, though I don’t suppose it matters much if it does come down now. Yes, do go on sending the pink papers, we don’t get them & they are much appreciated. They have one or two very good war articles too. If you ever buy a “Saturday review” or a “Spectator” I should’nt mind that; one gets rather out of things here. The weekly times now rolls up direct; I could’nt get on without that.

Asquith has indeed stultified himself before the nation : it absolutely beats me how government hangs on; it’s only the loyalty of the people that prevents them getting up and having the whole lot out of it for a set of incompetent muddle-headed curs; I suppose the public realise this is a very critical time of the war, & not the time to swap horses while crossing the stream. How Germany must laugh at us, & what a show we are making before the allies who are putting every man into the field with not the slightest hesitation. What a terrible show that Irish business was; why can’t they hang that beast Casement straight off for high treason; surely a trial in the case of a man like that is a mere farce & quite unnecessary. He’s a self-proved traitor, caught absolutely red handed, & should be shot or hanged without ceremony. If he’s let off with a sentence of penal servitude I fancy the public will have something to say to it.

Later.

Gorgeous & fresh on parade this morning & there is a lovely clear view of the Snows today, a thing we have’nt seen since we’ve been back as it’s been too hazy.

I got a Cordwalles Chronicle yesterday, I must say old Vowles has got it up awfully well, & exactly the same as the old numbers. I must write and thank him as I think it’s awful good of him to take all that trouble with old boys.

Must end up now

Best love to all

yr loving son

Ted


Donald Swain Lewis

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donald_Swain_Lewis

http://www.theygavetheirtoday.com/guildford-war-memorial-ww1-a-l.html

(Sir) Roger Casement

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Casement

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-25017936

Painting by Lavery

http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/20031/1916-the-trial-of-roger-casement.php

 

 

 
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