21 January 1917
Q18 Co GPO London
Dear Mother & Father
There is not much of importance at the moment save that it is rumoured that we go out on trials on Monday or Tuesday. I will keep you posted up as far as possible with my doings.
I don’t know if I told you that I had met an old Palace friend of mine called Waygood. He has been very lucky. He went to join a trawler at Plymouth and missed her by a couple of hours. Unluckily she was blown up and only 2 hands were saved. It was a very lucky escape for him, was it not ? He is now in charge of a trawler running out of here. I went aboard his ship this morning and he has a very nice cabin.
Smith my chum on board has gone home for the week-end to Southend on Sea. Davies is on duty in the telephone hut and I am ashore today (Sunday). I am afraid there will be more discipline here than on the trawlers but I don’t think we shall be interfered with much.
We have had pretty decent grub so far and when everything gets settled finally I think we shall have a pretty decent time.
Hoping you are all well.
Remember me to all next door. Best love to all