18 March 1917 – James takes a turn as Cook

18 March 2017

Mess 28

HMS Amphitrite

Portsmouth

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

James

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