April 7th 1915
My dear Mother
The weather was so bad last night that the operations were abandoned, to my great satisfaction. I expect we shall get the same scheme another night.
I travelled all the way with Bourne, whom I found in the train at Evesham. We had dinner in the train between Oxford and Reading; there is just time when one starts at once. As the train was pretty late we should not have had much time at Reading. We got a motor up from Farnborough after waiting some little time.
Today I have started firing with the machine-gun; a number of officers and NCOs are doing a preliminary course on the 25 yards range.
May has written to me asking whether I should be able to get to Sydenham on Sunday if she goes there; I think there is a very decent chance that I may manage it all right, so have written to tell her so. If I can get away it will give me the chance to see Kath again as well.
I hope you will manage your visit to Oxford, and keep well and enjoy it.
I must close in order to catch the last post, so that you may hear tomorrow afternoon.
Best love from
Your affectionate son
Cyril E Sladden