Pte W. Metcalfe 46534, 19th Platoon 15 Tent, E. Coy 100 T.R.B., 35 Camp, Rushmoor, Aldershot
I received your most welcome letter this morning which did not take one day coming down. When I said I would write perhaps only one letter a week, I did not realise what it would be like, to be away from you; perhaps you will realise that by my last letter. You may depend that I will write as often as possible. I did not even read of the air raid last Sunday because it is hard to obtain a newspaper in camp. Some of the fires I told you about are set alight by boys for so called “sport”. Some are lit by the soldiers so as to guard against it lighting by combustion and causing a lot of dammage. Do not go as a nursemaid, because you must wait until I come back for good. I know it will be a long time and I hope it will pass quickly. I might be able to get two days off in about a fortnight. I am trying as hard as possible. This afternoon I went to band practice while most of the others were drilling it was very easy: and when the Bandmaster was not there two of the boys went to sleep. I am now in the room adjoining the canteen with two playing draughts and two more writing on the same table; so you can gess in what conditions I am. We are going in barracks on Monday next and I think the same address will find me, till I tell you different. I have got used to sleeping on boards by now but I think we will soon have beds. I know how you must feel my being away but you must cheer up and I will try to keep you lively by letters if I can. The other day we had a “hair cut parade” but they passed me by; otherwise I should have a proper crop; about ¼ of an inch all over with a little bit in front, which would not please “Hurbert Berty” very much. How are ‘things' going on down the Church. Dear Emmie I cannot explane my feelings as to being away from you but I think they are more than you would imagine. I do miss you very much but somehow I can’t keep saying so or else it might make you unhappy.
I will close now hoping to have news of my getting leave soon
With Much Love
PS Thank you very much for stamps.