30 July 1916 – James sees the sites in London as well as the wounded soldiers.

30 July 1916

Sunday

J Simpson

MZ 1831

Miscellaneous Signals

Port Depot

Crystal Palace

London SE

Dear Parents

We had a good day in London yesterday.  We got away from the Palace about 2 and proceeded to London by rail.  We saw Westminster Abbey and then went along the Embankment to Temple Bridge and got a glimpse of the captured submarine.  We went along the Strand, saw Buckingham Palace and the Mall.  We also saw Cleopatra’s Needle and Hyde Park & saw a few riders in Rottten Row.  We saw several motor vans of wounded soldiers come into Charing Cross.  The people showered flowers into the vans.  Today we paraded for Church and each chap is allowed to go to his own church.  Quite 3 or 45 hundred went to the Wesleyans and I have been again tonight.  I have met an old school chum of mine A J Dodson.  It quite cheers you up to see someone you know.  I have also seen 2 other old Grammar Boys. Dodson was practically stripped and he looked a treat doing fag for Cooks on the Mess Decks.  We never thought we would come to this but never mind it is a happy life.  No one is downhearted.  We go into Drill & physical training school Monday morning.

Send on the things I want as early as possible as I might want them at any time. Hoping up are all well.

Love to all

James

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