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Undated 1915 – Jim to Gertrude

17 Feb

THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS BATTALION,
MIDDLESEX REGIMENT,
WOLDINGHAM CAMP,
WOLDINGHAM, SURREY.

Wednesday.

Dear Mother

I think I am pretty well certain to get my commission shortly- I have been recommended from Oporto & now it is only a question of a week or two- I am so pleased about it.

The enclosed “Blue Form” is for you to get Mr Kirwan to sign & send back as soon as possible– I don’t know whether he will be willing to sign the Education one. I should think he could, if not will you send it to Mr Hunt & get him to do it. I must have it back as soon as possible.

I’m quite alright again, I wasn’t at all fit after the second dose of inoculation – I stayed up in Town all the time & didn’t feel inclined to do anything much.

I expect I’ll be home next weekend but I am not sure yet. Thanks for the letters you forwarded on to me – quite a bunch of ‘em!

It’s been raining cats & dogs all day today & the mud is worse than ever.

Love to all

Yr loving son

Jim

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This is effectively undated, since there is no indication on which Wednesday Jim wrote it.

Jim seems to need references to get his Commission. Charles Kirwan was vicar of Camberley after their father, and remained a family friend after Charles died. He was a bachelor and allowed Gertrude and her family to stay in the Vicarage, but when he moved to Guildford she had to leave Camberley. Since she was used to his churchmanship she decided to follow him to Guildford. 

 
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