Bandsman W Metcalfe 46534., (Band Room) 100 T.R.B., Albuhera Barracks, Stanhope Lines, Aldershot
Dear Emmie

I thank you very much for my watch. I was surprised at getting it so quickly. The weather is very bad here; the ground has hardly been dry since Sunday. I am sorry I cannot be with you when you are lonely; you know how I would like to. What do you mean about troubling about that goss I don’t quite like that expression. I have not had a chance to go down this week yet but I will have a good try Friday. I have been so stiff after that jumping that I could hardly walk. A little exertion in this life seems to overcome me very quickly. I went to the concert practise last night and they have given me a new song called “King of the Sea” and I think it is as good as any I have. I think we are going to have our photographs taken tonight so I hope it keeps fine. I am at last thinking of writing to Mr Warder but I don’t know if I have his address now. Charlie Gibbs got up about four o’clock this morning and sewed the legs of a boys pants up; the same boy is just sewing Gibb’s towel to his blanket. I hope to make up for lost time when I get out of the Army so please don’t take anybody on hire. I now close

With Best Love Will xx

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