30 August 1916 (?)
J Simpson O S M Z 1831
No 50 Mess Wireless School Class A8
RN Depot Crystal Palace
Many thanks for letter which arrived last evening. I am going on fairly well in the Wireless School and can receive fairly well at 8 words per min. The test may not be taken tomorrow but after a month when our speed has to be 12 words a min. I think I shall get through but as the subject is entirely new it is no easy mater. This I can say, that the lads at 18 pick the thing up more quickly than those at 28. You mention a fellow called Holden from Parkfield. Yes I have met him but he is in the Sea Draft & I don’t see him much. You see people you know occasionally.
Yesterday more Lancashire recruits arrived and I immediately recognised Rushworth, that fellow that used to play the piano at the Grammar School concerts. He was looking very downhearted. I was glad to see an old Grammar boy to put him in the run of things a little. The weather here is wretched at present but as we are inside mostly it makes no difference. I am going to see Mrs Bennet tonight. They asked me to visit them last Sunday but I went to Cramptons. I don’t know anything certain about Lancashire leave as yet but expect to do so tomorrow & will wire you on.
You need not put Misc Signals on letters now, only Wireless School just as at the top of this note. You say your letters are a bit hard to read. I don’t find them so and can generally decipher them correctly.
****holidays seem to be going on as usual but there will be none for me this year. I have no word from J Lomas as yet & my book has got lost I am afraid. Make enquiries at the PO at MJ & see if they can trace it. I have ample cash to get home with if I am allowed to come. We are having a lecture on electricity this afternoon from the Lieutenant in charge. I find Semaphore Signalling rather easy & I shall pass the test in this branch easily I think. I have had a letter from an old school pal of mine who got my address from Quarmley and also a field card from Penley. Have you heard from Smith yet? Let me know when Fred Matthews arrives home & I will get leave that week certain if I don’t get it this week. I am still enjoying the best of health & like the life much better than at first.
I suppose Ellen & Fanny are still at Chester & Pricilla at Blackpool.
Hope all are well.
Best Love to all