Monday. [21 December 1914? Received on the 27th December.]
Thanks very much for your letter and also I got a letter dated about Nov 5th from you. I suppose it’s been right out to Malta & back- Oh how we have laughed in the mess over my floating waistcoat – anything so vast – I can’t even join the two edges of my coat together when it is on – so I propose wearing it outside – Lovely and warm it is which is one thing. I must write & thank old Daddy Yanow – but I must say it’s a most ridiculous garment to be always wearing – very nice to put on just before you fall in the water. Our new job up here ought to be rather interesting and really & truly the weather is’nt half so cold as yet – as you might imagine – but there’s nothing like being prepared.
The Town & county of Gloucester have been fine – they have sent us 20 cases various things- Plum Puddings – apples – warm clothes etc all for the men and officers; a representative of the Mayor came onboard while we were at [censored] the other day & brought them all down. I had a letter from Bee [Ben?] today saying she had sent me some cyder apple jelly – but I have’nt got it yet – it apparently just missed me before we left – but I am sending for the case or whatever it is-
How are your officers getting on. Hope they are fitting into the Delaford methods- and are a success.
You can’t realize how backward I am with my letters; I have had absolutely no time since we left. We’ve been on the hop all the time.
Well I wish you a very happy Christmas & New Year under the circumstances.
My very best love to you all
Your ever loving son
Dont forget to send me a piece of the family Plum Pudding.