August 18 1916
Dear Mother & Father
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still in the pink. Some of our class are gong into the Signal School on Monday next but my turn has not come yet. I am glad now I did not arrange to come home this week end because my leave would not have been granted. All leave has been stopped until we get into the Signal school so I cannot be certain about leave on Sept 1st. I was included in a party to help a draft of wireless recruits to carry their kit to the station and imagine my surprise to find a Middleton lad John Dyson (one of Fred’s chums) amongst them. His brother is the salesman at the Townley Mill. I had not much time with him only the usual greetings. He was off to Dover with about a dozen others.
We have received our pay this morning 2/-. Have you heard anything about my allotment yet ? I chum on with a young chap off 22 for the most part. He comes from Helmshore and was in business along with his brother as a Yarn agent in Manchester. All districts are represented in our class, Lancashire, Tyneside, Sheffield, Carnarvon, London and several others. Take them on the whole they are a fine set of chaps and very decent to get on with.
There is a fellow here from Wensleydale, tell Olive.
Hoping you are all as well as I am.
Best love to al
I have heard from John Bromley that J Wild of Partingtons was found dead in bed a few days ago. Dad has the laugh of him now. It shows which kills soonest whiskey or war.