Church Lane, Thurlby
Thanks for letter received this morning (Tuesday) it was addressed to 16, Tiber St. so mother sent it on to me. I thought I was not going to have a letter as it did not come on Monday, however it has cheered me up wonderful. My cousin Ethel came to meet me on the station she is 21, I told you about her, she has been married 1 yr & her husband has been wounded in the foot & was in a hospital at Aldershot. I am having a very nice time, it is surprising what a lot of cousins you can find. I like them all very much indeed they are disappointed I am not staying longer. Well my dearest boy,, my cousin is waiting outside for me, we are going on a 4 mile route march to see some more relatives, so I will close
With my fondest love Emmie xx
P.s Minnie Harsent is the happy possessor of a baby. I made a privilege ticket out for Sunday week for Aldershot. I thought I would finish my holiday by visiting you.
16, Tiber St
I recd your letter this evening 8 o’clock, it was rather a surprise. Was your band the one which played before His Royal Highness? I am not looking forward with very great eagerness for Monday somehow. I shall the following week though, for Bournemouth, I shall write you a few words every day that week. I have been to tea with your ma this aft. We had it all on our own. Bert told me to tell you he has been swimming in the ponds at Hampstead this afternoon where you went one Sat. I did not think he remembered that, he is getting a dabster. This time last week I had received a post card to say you were coming home, I suppose you will not be knocking at my door early tomorrow morning by any chance, if you were Will, would not it be joyful, I never thought about 2 yrs. ago I should want you as much as I do now.
I have not stayed late any evenings yet to get a bit clear before my holiday, my tale has altered, when you were here, I felt as though I would be quite willing to work hard after, but now, I simply must leave at 5, it is too dull. I went to help Mabel 2 evenings, the first night, I let 2 trays fall off the rack on a gentleman’s head, he said he had got heart disease & wanted to know why I was laughing at what I had done, it was so funny though, Mabel said something was bound to happen when I came, however, alls well that ends well. If you write to me Sunday, I shall get the letter perhaps on Monday morning & you will address it to Tiber St, as I shall not be leaving until 11.45, then I will write you from the country. Well I have no more to say, only that I hope you are in the best of condition still as when I left you, so will close with Best Love, Emmie xxx
Glad you liked the gateau.
16, Tiber St
Thanks for P.c & letter. you did get home late, did you have a very tiring journey? I feel much happier to-day, I couldn’t put my mind on the work yesterday, my thoughts were with you the whole of the time, it is too good to be true about another leave in 6 wks. time I am afraid. Dear Will I am going to Lincolnshire on Monday, at 12, o clock, and then I shall be 150 miles away from you, I do not like to think of that. I come home on Wednesday, so I am only stopping 3 days, notice the address, when you write to me, I must hear from you, or I shall feel absolutely lost, not having met these relations for over 10 yrs, it will be, c/o Mrs Cousins, Church Lane, Thurlby, W. Bourne, Lincs. I also noticed “Desmond”s eye in my direction once or twice, I could not help looking at him though, because he is so very much like that other chap, P. Harwood, He would have to try hard as you say, to cut you out, mon amour est toujours pour vous, you know that well enough don’t you Will. I suppose you have settled down again to the general routine, I hope you will never “forget” Will – I shall always look for the cross so “Dinna forget.” You were lucky as regards the weather, for to-day it is very dull & so oppressive. Well I have no more this time, I expect I shall hear from you Saturday, so I will close with best & truest love from your sweetheart Emmie xx
Bandsman W. Metcalfe 46534, 100 T.R.Batt, Band Hut Coy, Albuhera Bks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot7
I arrived at our barracks about 11.45.pm. My bed had been made so I was thankful. Will write a letter as soon as poss: Much Love Will.x
Bandsman W. Metcalfe 46534, 100 T.R.Batt, Band Hut Coy, Albuhera Bks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot
I received your letter this morning but have not had time today to answer it. Although this is only a P.C. and you may get it rather late, it brings good news. I am coming home Saturday. Perhaps about 12.30. Please let my Mother know.
Till we meet again