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13 August 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester

Aug. 13


Dear Mother

I have been meaning to send you the enclosed for ages – but I keep on forgetting – Will you put them in that sort of book with my other certificates that you have- Don’t lose them.

I have just written to Ruth – d’you know of anything useful that I can give her?

It’s still raining & thundering – sickening isn’t it.-

Ever so much love to you all

ever your loving son



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10 August 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester



Dear Mother.

V. many thanks for your letter – it arrived a bit late – as I generally get them on Monday – but it has only just arrived. So Ted has been up for another board – will he go out again or are they going to give him something to do in England?

Well the whole family seems to be employed one way or another now, don’t they – ripping I think. Ben’s job sounds very amusing – I think the hiring of our Court sounds very spy-ish – Where does the Baroness live?

Yes that was the show we had with the A. of York – there was a long article in most of the papers. I think he said much too many good things about us.

We have had the most poisonous weather lately – seems to continually rain – to-day at last it has cleared up a little.

Yes- I will write to Ruth – do you mean to say she is 21 – I can’t realise it – she seems about 17.

We had our 1st anniversary dinner last Saturday – of our action with the “Breslau” – the Captain came in and dined with us and several of us had guests from other ships- We had a very cheery sing song afterwards

Nothing interesting at all has happened lately – and I am afraid my letters are always awfully short – but there is really nothing to tell you – when you are stuck onboard a ship for about a month-

I am awfully fit and well!

With ever so much love to you all

Your ever loving son


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3 August 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester
C/o G.P.O.

Tuesday. 3rd


Dear Mother.

Thank you for your letter – glad you liked the photograph. I seem to be getting that habit of mine again-

Bee Dudman sent me two parcels of fruit the other day, one of plums & another of red currants – an enormous amount of each – they were awfully good – the currants were a bit squashed though – was’nt it awfully nice of them-

Yes you must try & get down to Pitney when Ted goes away – a change would do you a lot of good.

I am glad to hear Jane has got another job – as you say jolly tiring I should think – standing up all day long and fairly long hours too.

So old James was over for the week end – he has’nt been to Delaford for ages has he?

Nothing much doing up our way as yet – I am wondering whether the anniversary is going to bring us something – I do hope so.

We are absolutely out of quarantine for mumps & measles now – which is a good thing as now we can visit a few of our friends in other ships.

I believe I’ve discovered the whereabouts of that sea chest of mine that I told you about – with all my clothes in it-. I’m not absolutely certain though but I believe it’s at Devonport somewhere.

Afraid this is rather a short letter – I am awfully fit and well, except for a hack on the shin at football to-day.

With very much love to you all

from your ever loving son


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26 July 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester
C/o G.P.O.

Monday 26th.


Dear Mother.

V. many thanks for your letter. I say I am sorry to hear about Ted- I do hope he is ever so much better now – How extraordinary that his orders should arrive just as he went sick-

Yes I had a paper from Topher saying he was just off to Salisbury Plain – they seem to move them about a good deal – must be rather a nuisance being so unsettled.

We have done nothing very much lately – seems to be the same old story every week – but we have got to wait I suppose.

On Saturday I played cricket and hope for another match or so during this week- The weather has been awful our way too – rains nearly every day & we continually have thunderstorms.

I’ve introduced that game of Tiddleywinks into the Mess – really you should see the keenness there is to play it – I am still champion – but don’t think I shall remain so very long.

Jane wrote me & said she was trying for a post office job – but she must certainly stay at home & help you while Jim & Ted are there-

I enclose one of those photographs of me, like I sent Jane – at least I think it’s the same, isn’t it – did I send you one of those groups with Mr Drew in – He recovered from his German measles & we are out of Quarantine for them- We were awfully lucky in not getting any more than 3 cases – all officers.

Ben wants to send me all sorts of things – Jam & fruit so I’ve sent her a sort of permanent address – Has’nt Mr Bennett gone yet – I thought someone told me he had gone-

With ever so much love to you all

from your ever loving son



14 July 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester
C/o G.P.O.

July 14th


Dear Mother.

V. many thanks for your letter- I’ll send Topher’s trousers back now because I expect mine will arrive to-night. We have just come back from being at sea for a couple of days – nothing doing out there though – the weather was quite nice and it did us good I think as we have’nt moved for sometime!

I heard from Ted – so he has passed his board- I wonder when he will go out – and Wiggy is going out too- I do hope he gets on all right & comes home safely. So Ruth has had some leave too – well I’m sure she deserves it. Yes how you must have laughed over Harry Tate – even your description made me laugh like any thing-

We are still in Quarantine for Hun measles – I told you we had them did’nt I –another of us went down with it 2 days ago – awful nuisance, as it was the very last day of our first quarantine.

Simply splendid Ian H’s despatch I think & of course we knew all the landing places & various spots he mentioned fairly well, which made it all the more interesting.

Poor old Dreda. She is working hard – she told me she hated the sight of pen & paper to write letters. I can quite imagine it.

There is ever so little news – with much love to you all – ever your loving son



Harry Tate was a music hall comedian –

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8 July 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester

July 8th


Dear Mother –

Thank you very much for your last letter & the bags & shoes have just arrived – Don’t quite know why you’ve sent Topher’s bags- as I left mine behind – the only ones belonging to that grey Hopes suit – they must be somewhere I suppose-

What a mass of friends seem to have come in on Sunday -, by your letter they appeared to be pouring in continuously- I hope Topher is’nt sickening for anything serious – I wonder what it is.

We have just been ashore to hear the Archbishop of York speak – he’s apparently been visiting the “Navy” lately & giving sermons. Most interesting it was & he spoke awfully well – I’ve never seen such a crowd of sailors before. About 10,000 of them altogether.

Suppose everyone will be fairly busy seeing dear old Ted off when you get this. Is he leaving on the 10th or only going up for another medical board?

I am at last investing in a fountain pen. I have so much writing to do, I really had to – I don’t think I shall like it a bit.

There appears to be a slight heat wave down your way – how lovely – cos lately up here we have had miserable wet days & yesterday evening we had a fire!

Awfully little news – with ever so much love to you all, from your ever loving son


Bags = trousers

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30 June 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester

30th June


Dear Mother.

V. many thanks for your letter and the cake – yes quite eatable & very nice – only the oven was too hot when you made it – because it was just a bit stoggy in the middle –

I have’nt had a word from Bournemouth about the motor accident – how awful though & I do hope Ben & Alex are all right. I heard from Bee Dudman this morning – she seemed to tell me a good deal about it & that “Susan” is dead – was she in the car & killed or what?

I’ve just written a line to Topher – I thought he was more than 22 – why I don’t know –.

Are you buying any of the War Loan. It seems to be the thing to do – however little one puts into it.

I say those green peas & beans sound rather nice!

Yes I suppose it does sound funny to be playing football now, but the sailors much prefer it to anything else & we’ve got heaps of grounds up here.

Oh – will you send me my grey flannel trousers & are there any black brogue shoes anywhere about – that nobody wants or uses – as we get ashore a certain amount & I have no plain clothes, boots or shoes at all & we can wear anything like that, grey or white bags & uniform coat & cap?

There’s awfully little news – oh how is your leg – I quite forgot to ask in my last letter- I do hope he is all right.

with ever so much love

from your ever loving son


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Posted by on 30 June, '15 in H M S Gloucester


25 June 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester

June 25th


Dear Mother.

Thank you muchly for your letter and the slippers – simply lovely they are and quite the right size. My photographs arrived yesterday – so you have kept one – quite right – but I don’t think they are fearfully good – They will always touch them up so and makes my face look like putty – & so fat – but still – I suppose they are all right.

I am so glad to hear Ted has got some more leave – I’m sure he wanted it. Where is he now, down at Bournemouth? Rather nice for Jane down at Pitney – I’m going to write and ask them to have another shot with some cream – fairly safe this time I think – I have never got the last lot at all.

We’ve been doing nothing much lately, one or two football matches – and yesterday I went to a local “Café Chantant” – rather dull I thought – & rotten Tableaux, but I met some people I knew – an officer & his wife – so I talked to them most of the time.

I enclose some photographs taken during our last trip. Most of them are rather rotten – There are some of our “Crossing the Line” show – Neptune & Coy.

My very best love to you all from ever

Your loving son


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Posted by on 25 June, '15 in H M S Gloucester


17 June 1915 – Paul to Gertrude

H.M.S. Gloucester
C/o G.P.O.

June 17th

Dear Mother.

Ever so many thanks for your two letters. Our mails have been all wrong again – such a nuisance, and we got our first mails since we left G 2 days ago.

I am glad to hear Dreda has got her job – I must say I do think it is a fine thing for her to have done – and I do hope she will get on allright.

Oh. Thank you awfully for the cake – it arrived quite fresh & ever so good.

Somebody seems to be getting worried about my photographs. It’s all right – they’ve been ordered from Robinson – but will someone pop in one day & send with them a piece of cardboard – or the thing they send photographs away in, one for each for me to send them away – do you see what I mean – and you know how crumpled a photograph gets if it’s not properly wrapped up especially nowadays, & tell him to hurry up too.

And will you send me a pair of Bedroom slippers – leather soles – sort of carpet slippers- 7½ or 8?

Ted sent me a lovely present the other day – a silver flask – most useful really and some ripping records – from the “Passing Show”. Has he passed his board! I do hope they won’t let him go out till he is really fit. He writes & says he’s still a bit dicky.

He & Dick down at B-mouth seem to have had a lovely time –visiting various old friends

Well I must stop now – ever so much love to you all-

Your ever loving son



It’s hard to tell where G may have been without sight of the logs. The obvious place is Gibraltar but Paul talks of being cold. Other candidates might be Grangemouth on the Forth, or possibly Gloucester itself or Glasgow.  

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Posted by on 17 June, '15 in H M S Gloucester


13 June 1915 – Paul to Gertrude


Dear Mother. I arrived onboard safely yesterday morning – We are spending the time here & are off very shortly.

We had a splendid time in town on Friday evening & it was lovely, all of them coming to see me off. I went down to Orpington for lunch & tea and had quite a good time.

It’s most awfully cold up here – & it has been raining – beastly is’nt it – because I had such gorgeous weather for my leave.

I don’t think the girls packed my hair brush & comb – will you have a look – it’s a small brush & a small comb – sort of ½ a comb & all big teeth in it – black one –

I have been working hard all yesterday and to-day. I just went ashore for an hour this afternoon to see some flying

I must say I DID enjoy my leave – every moment of it; and it was ripping seeing everybody again. I wonder when the next time will be.

Well good-night Mother – I must fly off to bed.

With ever so much love to you all

ever your loving son


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Posted by on 13 June, '15 in H M S Gloucester