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May 31st 1917 - Letter from Arthur Sladden to his father, Julius Sladden

31st May 1917
Correspondence From
Arthur Sladden
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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My dear Father


I was glad to have your letter of 18th and have since received from George copies of Cyril's and Wilfred Brown-Constable's letters; these I have sent on to Mary to be returned to you.


I have been told I am to get a move soon, but at present am not expecting it for a month or so, and of course I do not know where I shall go to.


The great event here lately has been the arrival of an American hospital unit. They are taking over No 9 completely but there is a transition period as they want to learn the many details necessary for running the unit on British lines. They are a very lively lot and I think are settling to it well. I am continuing to do my work in the No 9 lab at present for the above reason, and may do so until new equipment arrives and we can found a new lab for this hospital.


I had a letter from Aunt recently telling me Tom was in hospital here with some skin trouble. But he's so far away that so far I've had no chance to go over and see him.


I hope you were able soon to get news from Folkestone and that Aunt Lottie came to no harm; that was a particularly despicable raid, and the failure to oppose it in any way was not good. If it had been some inland town not specially liable to attack one would have been less surprised.


We are all having a course of gas training here just now, very interesting and the methods of defence used are most engenders and effective.


I hope labour unrest will be wisely dealt with, a greater degree of decentralisation appears desirable in the munitions organisation. I am glad an enquiry is being instituted at once into the whole matter.


We continue to get warm moist weather and crops must be making up lost time very rapidly. The apple crop here promises to be enormous.


I hope June will show greater improvement in the submarine figures - they are lower but not low enough yet. I don't think we have heard the last of big naval actions yet however.


I hope Aunt Edith will succeed in getting the house she wants, and also in getting her goods transported, that must be difficult these days.


With love to all.


Your affectionate son


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