18 March 2017
Dear Mother & Father
Just a line to let you know that I am still here at Portsmouth. I cannot give you any idea as to how long I shall remain but I hope it wont be long as it is much nicer when you get settled down. Yesterday was a lovely day but it was my day aboard so there I had to remain. Today Davies & myself are ashore and it is quite a Summer afternoon.
We had service on board the Ampithitre this morning & the congregation composed solely of Tars, were assembled in the Fo’castle. The music was supplied by an American organ.
We are now off for a walk along the sea front to Southend on Sea a distance of about 2 miles. Very likely we shall go to service this evening.
I am settling down again to a life on the ocean wave but it takes a little time to get used to things again after a decent leave.
The food here is not as good as in barracks but it is not much to grumble about.
By the way I was cook this morning & had to fry 25 rashers of Bacon etc, and as a special delicacy we had spuds for dinner. There’s nothing more of importance so will close with Best love to all.
Hoping to hear from you soon.
Your Loving son