Bandsman W Metcalfe 46534, Colchester
Dear Emmie

I am dodging parades this morning I am supposed to be on orchestra practice and the Drum major is laughing at the idea. I am counting the days for next Friday to come and I hope you and I are not disappointed by it being postponed. I did not know that Mum was going to Bowe’s Park Christmas (or had been) I had a parcel down on Boxing Day.

I noticed in the Mag. that the Mission had been taken over by All Saints I am rather sorry but yet I think it will be for the best. I wish I had been singing outside your house on Christmas night this year, did any one go out at all. I have been doing rather a lot of work lately. Tuesday night 12 midnight sergeants’ mess. Wednesday night Sergeants’ dance till 1 o’cl the next morning, Thursday night Pantomime (Babes in the Wood) 11pm and I suppose it will be the same tonight, so I think we deserve a little time off.

I know how much you ant me and I want you very much too and I don’t think that you are a selfish girl, I think that I am the selfish one if any. I do not think there is anything to forgive you for, I ought to ask you to forgive me for not asking you down Christmas. I didn’t have much spare time but I think I could have made a bit more if you had come. The snow is still on the ground and it snowed again this morning. How is it in London. A lot of the boys who come back from leave say that we are better off for food in the Army than in London. I hope you manage to get enough. Do you still have to stand in queues for food now. Well my love I will now close

Hoping to be with you soon

Much Love

From Will xx

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