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18 April 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

18.4.17.

 

Dear Mother

Could you make me some white bands to tie round the arm. About as wide as this & measure 2  arm for length.

They are for my stretcher bearers.

So many thanks for cake porridge & lux. Most welcome nowadays

Love from both

Dick

 
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15 April 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

15.4.17

 

Dear Mother

Many thanks for your letter & the D.M. I expect the porridge will arrive soon.

I wonder if you could find out about a small lightweight tent. The advt was often in the Field & I meant to have seen about it when I came home but forgot. The stores may have it – It costs £7 and weighs 4 or vice versa, can’t remember.

Wet & beastly again today.

Best love

Yrs ever

Richard.


My mother’s comment in her book of the letters:

This seems to have been almost too much, even from Dick who could do no wrong. The note on the envelope [written by his mother Gertrude] is a terse “tent” heavily underlined. 

 
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8 April 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

Easter Day

 

Dear Mother

Many thanks for the handkerchief. I am using it today. It arrived just right. The porridge, chocolate & cake all arrived safe. The chocolate just what I like & in the small pieces too. Much easier to carry one or two in your pocket. Send me some porridge once a week   I will send you the money as I charge the mess.

Happy Easter to all

Yr loving son

Richard

 

Such a nice card.

 
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Posted by on 8 April, '17 in About

 

5 April 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

5.4.17.

 

Dear Mother

Many thanks for your letter & the daily Mirror. The porridge & chocolate have not arrived yet, but I expect they will soon. We still have some of the last lot of porridge. Jim’s regiment do seem to have been heroes. I am so anxious to read what the papers say. Is’nt this weather beastly. Snow & rain & cold & mud, however at present we are fairly comfortable & can make fires in old tins.

We are both very fit, someone I met tother day said I was getting fatter. Can you send me a little Lux. I am sending a watch home to be mended. Get it done as soon as you can & have a protector thing for it. Topher uses it and always smashes it, & it’s a good watch.

Best love to all

Yr loving son

Richard

 
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Posted by on 5 April, '17 in About

 

1 April 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

Sunday April 1st.

 

Dear Mother

So sorry I have’nt written for such ages, but it’s been impos. We’ve been fairly on the move every day a different place, sometimes sleeping in the open other times lucky to get a stable. Cold as blazes too. Always sort of under the impression we’d be in action in 24 hrs, but nothing ever happened and for the present things seem quiet.

Topher & I are both very fit in spite of it all.

You might send me one or two pairs of loofa socks. Size 7  If you have sent chocolate you need’nt send any more as I can get it now. Many thanks for the porridge, it’s awfully good & we now have time to eat it.

Wonder if you got my will! See I’ve at last been Gazetted. I’ll write again soon.

Best love to all

Yr loving son

Richard


 

(unable to find Gazette entry).

 
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Posted by on 1 April, '17 in About

 

24 March 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

24.3.17

Field

 

Dear Mother

Just a line. Many thanks for yours. I am so glad Jim is safe. Topher & I are quite alright.

Send me some chocolate plain Fortnum & Mason or Cadbury Vanila (not milk) little plain chunks too lots & often.

Love to all

Dick


Jim was on the Tyndareus which had struck a mine off Cape Agulhas, South Africa, on the 6th of February.

 
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Posted by on 24 March, '17 in About

 

13 February 1917 – Richard to Gertrude

13.2.17.

 

Dear Mother.   Many thanks for the 2 parcels you sent us the other day. I would have written before only of course I imagined I was coming on leave, so I thought I’d be able to let you know we had got them. I am sick about being stopped, but I hope to be able to get away any day, one never knows. I believe the cold weather is over at last. Anyhow it did’nt freeze so much last night. I am glad you recovered my blue coat. What luck eh?

Many thanks for the daily Sketch, and please thank Dreda for “the Stage”. Topher seems keen on getting a commission, dunno’ quite how he is going to wangle it, we must see what we can do.

I sent you a wire yesterday saying leave was stopped for a bit. I do hope Paul is not home yet. Dreda wrote Topher on the 5th that Paul hoped to be home in 14 days so that makes 19th & I might possibly get home about then! I see Ben has a munition job.

I heard news of Jane & Chubbie from a friend who called there.

Best love to all

Yr loving son

Richard.

 
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Posted by on 13 February, '17 in About