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April 17th 1915 - Letter from Cyril Sladden to his father, Julius Sladden

17th April 1915
Correspondence From
Cyril Sladden, Officers' Mess, 9th Worcestershire Regiment, Blackdown
Correspondence To
Julius Sladden, Seward House, Badsey
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Text of Letter

Officers’ Mess
9/ Worcs Regt

April 17th 1915

My dear Father

Another letter from me seems about due. While Mela is with you, you will have a good supply of my news. I hope you will have sufficient time to give her a good rest, and set her up afresh to start at Bournbrook ; I know Mother will look after her well, and I am afraid she rather needs it.

We have had a pretty strenuous time since I left you. Early this week we had a night out in Aire billets in Sunningdale during a two-day scheme; it wasn’t very nice on Monday as there was a steady Scotch mist falling, and the night was pouring wet. Contrary to anticipation we did not get turned out, which was good luck. Tuesday was quite a nice day. On Wednesday we started the men firing with the machine-gun, and then had to be out all night taking up a defensive position in the dark. I was sent back immediately after breakfast with the men so as to continue firing. I was strangely little tired, but awfully sleepy during the early part of the night out. I am in charge of the detachment again for a few days while Pearson is taking his leave.

We have various divisional schemes ahead, and are beginning to learn how to pack up; steps are being taken to complete our mobilization equipment.

The new officers started a short refresher course this afternoon, to be completed tomorrow morning; at present I am leading on points, so I hope I shall keep it up. I have had a little practice at odd times.

Best love to all from
Your affectionate son
Cyril E Sladden

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Envelope containing 1 double sheet of notepaper
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Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service
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