25 January 1917 – Paul to Gertrude

25 Jan

c/o G.P.O.

25th Jany    Thursday.


My dear Mother – Very many thanks for your letter – glad you liked the picture of the Church. It really is rather a nice little place now – and so nicely decorated. I’m sorry to say I believe we are losing our Chaplain – he’s going to a shore job somewhere – I hope we get as good a one as he – I like him immensely.

I thought Jane lived at 31 St Stephen’s Rd- Bayswater- & I see you put “at 31 with her” – but Nance tells me her address is 30 Collingham Place – Earls Court – I did’nt know Jane had changed her digs-

My Captain told me yesterday that all leave was stopped in France – I was talking to him about Dick. I do hope it is’nt true. I have’nt heard from Dick since I told him when to get his leave. Must be some push on now I think & he’s fairly busy.

I am glad to hear Ben is thinking of coming out with us when we get home, I am sure it will do her a lot of good don’t you? One is so apt to get in a groove of melancholia if one does’nt get a definite change of surroundings & happenings.

Fearful show that explosion- Mr Conabé has just come back from leave & told us all about it – He was in Town when it happened.

I’ve just cut my eye open a bit playing deck hockey – nothing serious in the least – but it looks sort of gooey- I fell onto some rope & sort of rubbed my face along it.

Any news of Jim yet?

Good night Mother – My very best love to you all-

Your ever loving son


Explosion near Woolwich

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