12 Charleville Circus
May 16 1915
My dear Mother
Many thanks for your letter. I am glad you have got through the dining-room cleaning, whitewashing etc; you are nearly through with spring-cleaning now. I think if you will put me up I will come home next weekend. Jack is coming and as we get a day or two it seems a pity to stay up here all alone. Many thanks for Arthur’s letter which I am sending back. I had one from him myself last night. I am glad he has now got some good work and hope he may stay on. I am sorry to hear about George Crisp; it must be specially bad to have anyone wounded so far away. Mrs Grace spoke of one of the Gordons who is in the same case and said his people could not even write to him as they did not know what hospital he was in; it might be Alexandria, Cairo or Malta, or I suppose in a very serious case a hospital ship. I found Aunt George quite herself again when I went over yesterday. She wanted the latest news of all the boys. Mrs Grace’s son, Captain Grace, is now in command of 30 steam trawlers which have to patrol the sea between Ramsgate and Calais on the look-out for submarines. The other son, Charles, is still at Sheerness. I am going to meet Mela on her way through London on Wednesday, which is now my free afternoon. She tells me that Boo says rumour has it they are to march down from Farnborough to Southampton, starting on Tuesday; if this is true you will soon hear however. A man at the tennis club, who was on leave, told Jack yesterday that they expected to go off this week and he thought a great many were going; he is at Aldershot but in a different division from the Worcestershires.
It is much warmer today and we are sitting outside the dining-room window this afternoon. I hope you will soon get in your postponed drive.
Much love from