DIARY: Arrived back from leave
31 December 1916
Dear Mother & Father
I arrived back at Milford station at 12.30 midnight after a rocky passage. We ran well to Crewe but after that it was a worm race. We had to change at about ½ dozen places. However eventually we arrived safely at Milford. I went to get aboard but could not find the Nodzu in the dark. I struck another trawler & found an empty berth in her for the night.
I found the Nodzu at 7 AM this morning and got aboard. I must now tell you how it happened that I landed at Milford with just 1/2d in my pocket.
I went into the lavatory for a wash near Llandillo not knowing we had to change there and in my hurry to clear out I must have dropped my purse which contained about 35/-, my leave ticket & railway warrant.
I discovered my loss at the next station & they wired to Swansea to look through the carriage. A friend of mine, Jones, got into the carriage I vacated and as the purse contained my metal tally & also had my name & address printed on in ink I think I stand a good chance of getting it back. I shall have sufficient cash to go on with as I have drawn my fortnight’s pay. If you hear anything about the purse send me word at once as they might send it home. It is hard line but I left it in that train certain. I have written to the Station master at Swansea. I shall to make the best of it but it is rotten hard lines. Our ship has been repainted etc & looks quite smart. We have had a little stove put into or cabin & it will be much more comfy now. The trouble is I have to go to Chatham & then goodness knows where. I shall be off to Chatham by next week end but any letters that arrive will be sent along to the new address.
I have had a jolly good time and hope that I shall have the luck to get over again before very long.
I hope that the party went off alright and that Ellen & Fanny distinguished themselves. Nothing more at present so Ta Ta & best love to all
Wretched weather today