Bandsman W Metcalfe 46534, Band Room No 5, 256 Infantry Batt., Googerat Barracks, Colchester, Essex
Dear Emmie You see I still address myself Bandsman. This morning we all went on parade with the band for an inspection by the Brigadier General. He said that we have been extraordinary well treated and fed. I heard that the medical Officer has been treating the sick too kindly and has been “blown up” about it. Yesterday I did all parades with the company but they did not seem hard. I will resolve to write home directly after this letter. I am sorry to say that it will be too late for me to get home for the Harvest Festival; I didn’t think it was this week. You must always reverse your dreams when they are like that you know I wouldn’t leave you with an ordinary ta ta. Dear Emmie I am pleased to say that I do not think it necessary for that cross on my letters as I never forget that part of my duty. I went to church last Sunday morning and played the organ. I went in the evening and met Rev. Hume? who the twins know well. He was Mr Smith’s friend from Twyford Hall. I will now close With Best Love Will xxx P.S. Please excuse paper better next time. Last night we had an air raid warning and I hear they got to London. I hope you are all safe. I dare say I will hear from you before you get this.