8th September 1918

Dear Emmie

Just a few lines to show that I have not forgotten you. I have been in the position this last two days where I could not write so please excuse me and also writing in pencil and this paper. I have received a letter from you which I will answer this afternoon. I am not in the line now, we had a fairly easy time. Hope you are enjoying yourself we are having a series of thunderstorms now but inbetween the weather is good. Well I will close now and write more this afternoon.

Fondest Love

From Your Will xx

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5th September 1918

Dearest Emmie

Just a few lines to let you know that I am still O.K. and hope that you are enjoying yourself now at Leighton. I dare say you will be at Ilfracombe by the time you receive this or perhaps home again. I didn’t have a letter from yesterday perhaps because they have farther to come now but I expect one today. I am still in my D.D.O. and am shure all are glad that I have not had much work to do as it is generally of an unpleasant nature. I am very sorry for what I said concerning the piece of white heather and would really very much like to know its meaning. Thanks very much for the book of Mirrors received yesterday we are most certainly winning it is a wonder how we keep advancing as we do. How is Will L. going on, does Mabel speak much of him. What must she think of me? If he is right to her mind I wonder if I am. We are having very good weather here and I guess you are having the same. Please excuse these few lines as there is so little to write about will write more next time.

Fondest Love

From Will xx

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3rd September 1918

Dearest Emmie

Yours to hand of the 30th ult received yesterday. I am now in a D.D.O. if you know what that means (deep dug-out). This is a good one at that: it is fitted with about 35 beds (wire) and we have rigged up a bon table. You must be at Leighton Buzzard by now and I hope you are enjoying yourself. I hope you get my letters alright. Mind how you go at Ilfracombe you went there before didn’t you? I meant to keep you well supplied with letters but this little job has put the cap on it. I never had a letter from you saying anything about staying in a band after the war, I should think that one must have gone astray. The evenings draw in much quicker here now and of course that means more work for the boys. It is still fairly quiet here and of course I hope it remains so. Donald (you know that is my cousin) is not up this time. I suppose his turn will be next if this is to continue. How is the organ going on I suppose it is repaired by now n’est ce pas? I am glad you kept that song “King of the Sea” I remember now how you liked it, Dad can easily get another one for me. Dad is having Harold under Mr Rolfe again when he has finished his course of holidays. Leslie won’t take anything on, he will regret it one of these days. How is Bert going on, he is quite getting on in years I had no idea he was so old.

Well my dear I must now conclude with

Fondest Love

From Yours Ever

Will xx

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2nd September 1918

Dear Emmie

Yours to hand of 27th ult in answer to my green envelope. Silly thing for me to do, forgot to sign my name I’ll see that I don’t forget again. I am surprised at you not knowing me by now, what had I to be cross about. I admit I was very disappointed at not hearing for such a long time but I knew that you would have a satisfactory explanation for me. I suppose they wondered at home what happened. I can’t make it out why you didn’t hear from me for 9 days I think I write at least every three, or I would send you a field card if I hadn’t time for a letter. Rather a strange dream you mother had but like ghosts I think nothing of them. Who is the other boy who is going to stop me from seeing you I should like to know. Well strange things happen don’t they but I think a thing like that is rather improbable n’est ce pas? I am pleased to hear Bert (our budding organist) had a good time I did not think he was nearly 14 yet though.

I guess those airmen and persons in the position of C.R.H. have a good time in Blighty of course we must have these people and they are lucky to get such jobs. We have not moved yet but I suppose we will soon.

I am now up the line or rather a little nearer. I think it is only for two or three days. I have no writing paper with me only a few field cards so don’t get alarmed if you don’t get a letter for a few days. I have not had my photo taken yet but will do as soon as poss. I hope you enjoy yourself while you are away, you’ll have to go without letters for a fortnight.

When you write to me put your address on the back so that the letters will get returned should they not find me.

Well my dear I must now conclude

With Fondest Love

From Your Will xx

P.S. Photo of band before I joined is enclosed [missing]

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31st August 1918

Dearest Emmie

After a good search and turnout I found the lost article, yours of the 23rd inst. which I knew I had not answered. What a memory! No! I have not been up the line but I was busy when I sent so many field post-cards. Of course I didn’t mean to be formal when I wrote my full name on them it seemed as if that’s what it wanted. Like signing anything compre but in future I will do as you ask. I’m glad Maude noticed it but don’t know why.

Rather a “take” in firing at an abbo: thinking it was a Zepp. I did not know Will was working at Cambridge It’s a marvel how he gets taken on at a firm. You ask me rather a funny question: of course if I had the same opinion as Will I would think I was right and therefore would not expect you to give me up: and if you did, well, I would think that you was altogether wrong and it would break my heart and I would join the army and go away for ever or do something desperate. It does a very long time seem since I saw you last; it is now since five months.

J’ai vour letter reçu d 25th pour qui je vous remerci.

The evenings do draw in quickly now and it is not so warm. I thought you would put that card on the shelf in your bedroom it would look prettier there no doubt. I did get your letter headed with a black cat I will return you one iff possible. You don’t seem to take in all I write do you think I exaggerate much. I looked out for a black cat last night but I do not exactly care for the words they are to personel. It was the only kind I could get so hope you won’t dislike it. Of course you are dear to me dearer than perhaps you think but I don’t like advertising on post-cards. I am also sending a lil’ dawg to keep the chat noir company.

I don’t suppose I will be able to get any more cards where we are moving to but I will if I can.

Well my dear I will now conclude with

Best Love

From Will xxx

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29th August 1918

Dear Emmie

Just a few lines in haste. I have received two letters and Mirrors from you but have not had time to write, or rather everything was packed up. We are going to move but don’t know when but I will write you a letter this afternoon if poss. Please remember me to your Ma & Pa and tell mine that I am alright but have not had opportunity to write.

Fondest Love

From Will xx

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26th August 1918

Dearest Emmie

Yours to hand of the 19th inst. I received yours of the 18th with the veg. for which I thank you very much but I was disappointed at not getting even a word. I could not tell you the meaning of the name of the flower. I have only had one letter from you since last Sat. week but I dare say you have been busy on your own at home.

I haven’t seen any of the cards you mention out here but we have some at home with gilt edges.

I dare say Mr Warder will be missed at the Mission he certainly did a lot of work.

I hope you enjoy yourself on your holiday with Maude you did not mention it before where are you going? I won’t be able to write to another address so you’ll have a big mail when you get back.

I am glad the organ is being repaired. I suppose Mr Howard still plays it.

I think I told you that I have written to Will L.

I had a letter from Desmond some time last week he is in a concert party sur la piano.

We are getting very good news through I guess the war will be over by this time next year or perhaps before. I received a letter from Mr Chapman today. We had rabbit for dinner today, we must be winning.

Monday morn:- we had a thunderstorm last night and we are in our leaky billet. I disappeared underneath my overcoat and the wet did not trouble me.

One thing it has cooled the air. I think you have a song “King if the Sea” please will give it to Dad to send to me with a few others. Well my dear I must close now to get ready for practice.

With Fondest Love

From Will  xxx

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17th August 1918

Dearest Emmie

I have the opportunity of writing you a few lines as I have a half hour more to spare than anticipated. I haven’t had a letter from you for three days so I don’t know what to write about.

I went to the pictures the other day and saw a picture called “Womanhood” in seven parts. It was very good have you seen it advertised in London at all. I have a ring of violets I am going to send you when I get a green envelope. It was made by a petit fille français rather neat too.

Has Mr Chapman received my letter yet? Have they started repairing the organ yet at the Mish? One of our latest pieces is La Seronata I think you know it. We are getting a good amount of French music and the French people appreciate although from the flutes. Well my dear I don’t think I have any more to write now so will conclude

With Fondest Love from

Your Will xx

PS. I might not get much chance to write next week but I will do my best.

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