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Henry Wright to brother Leslie, 1918

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45 H J Wright to brother Leslie, Sutton Veny, Wiltshire 20 June 1918

[Letterhead - Salvation Army Recreation and Reading Room for His Majesty's Troops]




No 1 Command Depot

Sutton Veny




20th June 1918


Dear Leslie


I have just received a letter from Mother dated 18th April & you were at that time wanting Dad's & Mother's consent to join up. Well dear Brother I certainly admire your pluck for wanting to do your bit, but if this reaches you before you have taken that step I would like to point out a few of the disadvantages of this rotten life. First of all you will miss all those comforts you are use to at home & this is more than you can ever dream of, You will be allowed to draw 2/- per day (only) & this at the present time is equal to 6d in place time I am drawing 1/- & I cannot keep myself in smokes, you will find out the tucker is much harder to take than what you are use to at home I wish I could sit down to a good square meal like Mother can cook but I am on Army Rations, & as I have not any spare shillings to buy any extra I have to just want. Here is our days menu, Breakfast - 1 slice of dark bread with dripping, a very small quantity of a greasy looking mess called Curry & Rice ½ pint of tea minus sugar. Dinner - Stew, 1 slice bread, rice pudding or sago. Tea - I slice bread, rice pudding or sago. Tea - I slice bread, jam, margarine, ½ pint tea. I do not know if you ever tasted margarine, I hope not.


Now you are bossed & bullied about by Corporals, Sgnts Officers & Lance Jacks from morning till night & you have to do all kinds of unpleasant duties. You cannot refuse unless you like to lose a few days pay & do a few days clink.


Now Les just consider yourself well off where you are & try & use your common sense a little, surely you must admit Mother & Dad have had enough worry over Fred, Bert, Charlie & myself. I am going to France in a couple of weeks time I will represent you there & as a last wish I want you to hang on where you are. You can never realize the misery of it all until you have seen some of it. Hoping dear brother this finds you well & that you think before enlisting your loving Brother Henry.


Henry Wright to Father, 1918




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