Just a line to say we got on board safely and sail sometime today I believe. Awful squash on board, & the men like sardines. This is a very old ship, about 20 years old I think! There are several other officers on board, including one Bampton of the 8th Gurkhas who knows Dick & Ben.
I got a parcel last night, with tea, ink tabloids (using ‘em now) and some chocolate. Thanks awfully. The tea is a huge success as we get filth on board. I think a packet of China tea is always a good thing to have about the place.
Nothing much doing. All well here. I cabled Nell “Just off”; I wonder if she sent word to you.
Love to all
from your loving son
Lt-Col J.A.H. Bampton made honorary Colonel, 1946