My Darling Wife
You are a darling! I received your
letter with assurances re. our wedding anniversary. I have also never
regretted marrying you & would not exchange for single life nor
untold wealth. I love you Ethel a good deal more than I show. I am a
quiet stick at the best of times. You & the children are my world
I don’t care a hang for anything or anybody else. I feel sure
with God’s help I shall come through safely & live in hopes
of spending many more happy years with you & the kiddies. We have
much to be thankful for & especially being blessed with two such
children – what a pair – something to be proud of eh! God
bless them & you.
I had an uneventful journey back.
At Bedford Station I met a Major Bennett who used to be Captain
& Officer in charge of Barracks at Bedford, you know him, he was
father’s boss. He was telling me that he went out at once with
the Expeditionary Force & was in charge a Base Supply Depot but
at the end of the month contracted bronchitis, came home & had
two month’s sick leave at Bedford & was under Colonel
Poynder. Probably you have seen him pass on his way to Bks – a
short man something like Major Thorpe in appearance. His only son
as a private recently.
I have been hard at work ever since
I arrived here & am now going for ½ an hours ride for exercise.
The King is inspecting the Division next Friday.
With love to Mabel [his
sister]& best sweetest love to you & the kiddies.