Pte W. Metcalfe 46534, (Band) 19 Platoon, E Coy 100 T.R.B., Talavesa Bks, Wellington Lines, Aldershot
I did not receive your letter till this afternoon as I missed the first “post call”. I did not feel too warm when the train started: most of the boys in my carriage had road passes and were going back by train. I had read that cutting from the “Star”; the boys pinned it up on the “Notice board” amid many cheers. I did not think you were anything of what you sujest; in fact “giving way” makes one feel all the better for it afterwards. I do not think I have ever been “fickle” or am becoming it and another thing there is nothing to be fickle about down here. I think, in fact I know I have made up my mind whom I am going to think first-of-all, for. We will not be moving this week and if you think of coming down at any time, next week 10/6/17 if you like you ought to know that I will be more than pleased to have you with me if only for a few hours. If you decide next week, please let me know the train you are coming by. Are you any more comfortable at your office now. You may depend I will try all I can for passes but they have stopped all now so there is not much chance yet a while. I feel no pain at all from my arm but a lot of the boys are going sick. I went for my photographs last night but some how they were spoiled and will not be ready until Thursday. Today we all went to a lecture given by a doctor, upon how to keep clean and fit in the Army. I dare say those who listened gained some good advise. This afternoon I took charge of a party of the band and when passing an officer saluted him and said “eyes left” instead of right. I don’t think he noticed it. I have started to read that book and like it very much; I have given up “Old Curiosity Shop” it is too dry. I think we will soon be having route marches; I do not know if I will be able to dodge them at all. I am not going out down town tonight, I am writing this in the barrack’s reading and writing room and there is a general hubbub. I cannot think of any more to say now so I will now close.
With my fondest love
To my sweetheart Emmie xxx
P.S. Please note “Band” in my address. I think I will not have to wait so long for my letters.