20 Sept 1915
My dear Father
The letter that I said had not arrived came at last by the same post as one written by Mother just a week later. I am grateful to May for having taken the trouble to copy Baldwin’s letter in full and also Mr King’s. I assume that there was another letter of Baldwin’s containing the reference to Boo’s journey to fetch him in. Good Boo! History nowhere relates that our family has hitherto produced warriors: we seem to have been men of peace all the time. Now that we have at last started it is only right that the job should be done with characteristic thoroughness – characteristic of Boo at all events.
He has not taken long to get back to his battalion; but I hardly expect he will be with them long. If Professor Baker wants him he will probably get him. Junior regimental officers can easily be spared if they are wanted for special duties for which they have particular qualifications.
I thought that I was going to enjoy a quiet evening writing some of the many letters that I owe. But our lines are full of noisy men of the Battalion who are back here for a few days. They have been paid today and are not the less noisy for that. The result is that I can’t hear myself think, and I shall have to make this letter a short one.
Glad to hear that the fruit has panned out so well this year. Some compensation at all events, for the effect of the war on business. I shall welcome a few more apples; they have not yet come, but parcels sent through the MFO take about a fortnight en route.
By the way, our official address has now been shortened and any addition delays things. Put only Transport Section, 15th Battalion London Regiment, Civil Service Rifles, BEF.
If a certain liveliness occurs out here I will try and send fairly frequent word of myself, though it may very likely be by FS postcard rather than by letter.
Love to all from