25th June 1915
My dear Juliet
I have been so frightfully busy that I have not managed to get my letter to you written and now have only time for a few lines. Ethel received your parcel this afternoon, it is very sad that you have had such an accident to your frock; we were going into the town this afternoon so I said I would take it to Righton’s and see if the dressmaker could mend it at once and she will try and get it done and send it to you at Addlestone by this evening’s post, so you ought to get it tomorrow. I thought you would be so sad not to have it to wear at Aunt Fanny’s.
We heard from Cyril yesterday morning, they were on the ship and packed very tight and were still at Avonmouth and did not know how soon they would move; I daresay they may have gone off yesterday. His address now will be Rank, Regiment and then British Mediterranean Expeditionary Force. I believe Malta is their base and I hope they may be kept there a little while before going on to the front, he thinks the voyage will take about a fortnight.
Father heard from Arthur today; he was very busy and they were rejoicing in rain at Rouen; you have had some in London, but here we are still waiting for it, there were two very small showers yesterday, scarcely enough to wet the stones. There was a grand shindy here on Sunday and Ellen was dismissed, we did let her sleep in the house till Wednesday morning, but not do any work, so we are our own servants, and have Louisa in when she can come; we feel really happier, though of course it gives the girls a lot to do and I do as much as I can. Aunt Lottie arrived on Wednesday, we thought she would be very horrified to find us without anyone but she took it quite calmly and is very kind in helping in ways that are really helpful. You must give me news of Aunt Fanny when you write, I have not heard from her for ages, give her my love, also to May and Christine.
With much love dear
I am your loving mother
Eugénie N Sladden