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21 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude (second letter)

21.6.18.

 

My dear Mother

I’ve already sent you a letter & a telegram today. I forgot to ask you to send any eyeglasses you have of mine. Have’nt you got some or did you give them to me? If you have please send them along to where the stick & things are

Best love to all

yr loving son

Richard

 
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21 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

21.6.18

 

Dear Mother

I am sending you a telegram this morning “send my watch”

It’s a nuisance, but I could not wangle the exchange, but I might possibly get back if I still want to from the other end

Love to all

Yr loving son

Richard

 
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16 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

16.6.18.

 

Dear Mother those books and the shoes arrived this morning, thank you very much. I was reading that Windsor you sent me; you did’nt, but one of the others may have read the story where the people motored from London to Guildford over the Hog’s Back! and eventually turned up Waterdene Rd? To Newlands corner, & looked at the silent pool, & then walked from Goshall to Shere. Is that why you sent it? Silly mistake though saying you go over the hog’s back before you get to Guildford.

Rain today for a change, it lays the dust which is an advantage.

No more news of going, suppose it will be sudden.

Best love to all

yr loving son

Richard


 
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15 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

15.6.18.

 

Dear Mother       I am still here & if I’d only thought of it I’d have asked you to go on writing till I wire. Goodness knows how long a wire will take but if I do go I will wire thus.

SEND MY WATCH

Then you’ll know I am off, & not write any more here.

The shoes are taking ages to come. I have just written to Ben.

Must catch the post

Best love to all

Yr loving son

Richard

 

I got Dreda’s letter

 
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Posted by on 15 June, '18 in About

 

15 June 1918 – Richard to Dreda

15.6.18.

 

My dear Dreda.     Thanks awfully for your letter, I shall look forward to getting the other one later on as I shall probably have to go, worse luck. You hardly believe it, but I am quite interested in my work here. Lots of malaria cases which I know how to treat & none of these other M.Os seem to know anything about. Dysentery too. Don’t know how long my enthusiasm will last, but I shall be sorry to go. I am so glad Jane arrived back safely.

How exciting Freddy flying over and doing all those wonderful stunts. What fun if he comes to where I go, I am afraid I shall be sent away soon.

I am glad Topher has got to the A.S.C. at Aldershot. I hope he makes a success of it, he’s sure to

The brown shoes have’nt arrived yet, they should be here soon but parcels seem to take much longer than letters. I have bust that black pair I brought, least nearly through across one toe.

Gorgeous weather and the bathing is lovely, but it’s a different life altogether to the last months with you all. I did enjoy that & I’d love to get home again, but I must save up some money first.

Are you going to Sea View for your holidays I wonder. Helen is going I know.

Best love to all   I am going to wire mother “Send my watch” when I leave. Then she’ll know.

Yrs ever

Dick

 
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11 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

11.6.18.

 

Dear Mother

There’s a bill I clean forgot to pay & which I ought to. I owe Mrs Vacani Brompton Rd about £5 for laundry. I am writing to her & send the bill to you. Would you mind paying it & when I know how my acc stands I will send you the cheque

Best love to all

yr loving son

Richard

 

 
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10 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

Monday 10.6.18.

 

Dear Mother

Two letters arrived at the hospital today. I see they take four days. Many thanks for the photographs, quite good eh? So you have at last heard from Ted, his leave certainly does seem uncertain. I have’nt heard from Paul yet. There may be some letters at Cox, I hope to go & get them tomorrow, I went on Sat but they had closed when I got there, so annoying, as I could not get down today, & it’s a long time since I got your first letter written there.

So sorry to hear Daphne has been seedy. So Topher has got his A.S.C. School all right, I expect there is news of this in letters at Cox. It’s much cooler today, a wind blowing and a tremendous lot of dust. I got some things up from Cox today that have been there since I arrived in France Oct/16. My camp bed, a chair & 500 cigars I am glad to say although so old, the cigars are in quite good condition & I am having an awful FF with the C.O. over them as he likes them, & I have given him some.

We are a good way from the town & the sea, but some afternoons we go down & bathe but the water is very dirty where we bathe, bits of cabbage & decaying vegetable matter of all kinds floating about. I wish I had brought my bathing suit. I had to buy one.

A racquet came up from Cox,  a good one press, case & all, I had forgotten I had it, all the strings are bust though. I may send it home as it would be worth restringing, such a good frame & all. Might do for one of the girls.

I have got about 80 patients under my care! I have not absolutely given up all hope of having to go on, but I have definitely heard they will not sanction an exchange, if I don’t have to go yet something might be worked, but I doubt it.

I have had one game of tennis, but the men here are awful rotters & although by no means young never seem to have done the usual things. No idea of playing tennis, absolute beginners. The court is hopeless too, big sort of undulations going lengthways & if you stand on the top of the undulating surface on the service line, it’s like serving the ball from the top of the hill over the net, & you can get a tremendous slash in. They think I am marvellous, & I fancy they find it difficult to understand how it is I’ve never been champion of the world, let alone England. They always say “service” before each service.

(drawing of court)

It’s great fun sleeping in that bag every night, such a good idea of yours that old eiderdown, it’s so warm. I have been sleeping on rather a hard board bed, but tonight I am using my camp bed which will be much more comfortable.

The grandfather clock must feel much happier with plenty of breathing space. You did tell me you had sent the specs & stick to Alex, I shall hope to get them some day. But I dare not do anything till I know definitely. I wish I had’nt stopped you writing here, I don’t expect I shall go yet. You never know though. I expect I’ll write again tomorrow

Best love to all

Yr loving son

Richard


A.S.C. School is probably Army Service Corps School – “Soldiers can not fight without food, equipment and ammunition. They can not move without horses or vehicles. It was the ASC’s job to provide them.” – http://www.longlongtrail.co.uk/army/regiments-and-corps/the-army-service-corps-in-the-first-world-war/

It’s very hard to work out where Richard is. Presumably near Marseilles.

 
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5 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

5.6.18

 

Dear Mother

Many thanks for your letter. I was so glad to find it yesterday when I called. I knew all letters you write would go whirling off to Egypt, but I could not stop them. I have heard nothing yet, however they are keeping me back very kindly till news arrives. Wonder if Ted has arrived. I would have liked to have seen Freddie doing his stunts. So you’ve got the legacy all right & how nice its being free of duty. I am sorry I missed Paul’s letter, I hope he sends one to me here.

So the dog arrived back safe, how good of that old porter to write you a letter. I hope you put new skin on your thumb. I had a good bathe yesterday, the sea is fairly warm, but I’d like it warmer. Send me those 3 blue paper books of French Hugos there are about in the spare room or else upstairs in the room over the lumber room.

Best love to all    yr loving son

Richard


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

Having established the language book company was founded in the 50s.

 
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Posted by on 5 June, '18 in About

 

1 June 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

June 1st

 

Dear Mother

I called at Cox yesterday but no letters had arrived. So I hope you get the letter asking you to write there. I have not been able to go down today as I am attached to a hospital for temporary duty & have been orderley officer today, & could not get out. Like a prisoner in a cage. I must try & go down tomorrow. I shall be here for a bit I expect, as they are keeping me to await the result of my application for a transfer.

Would you send me those brown shoes that are in the old boudoir, that’s where I saw them last.

Any news of Ted? Best love to all. Yr loving son

Richard

 

57th General Hospital

B.E.F. France

 
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Posted by on 1 June, '18 in About

 

27 May 1918 – Richard to Gertrude

E.F.C.

OFFICERS REST HOUSE

AND MESS.

 

Monday

 

Dear Mother.      Still here yer see but so far I’ve heard nothing of my application for an exchange. Early yet. Wonder if you got your legacy alright & if you walked away with a cheque for £1000. It’s so fine here that I imagine it lovely at home & everybody on the river every day & tennis & so on.

I have not seen or heard anything of Ted yet. I wonder if you have. I shall call in at Cox today & tell them to keep my letters   I hope you’ll be able to write soon & will not have written too many to Alex before you get my last letter. We eat white bread now & there’s lots of jam & stuff, but I wish I was home all the same. Did Jane go to the dance on Tuesday. Give my love to Eleanor

Yr loving son

Richard

 
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Posted by on 27 May, '18 in About