You will have to get a regular “pack of cards” before I can eat anything at home.

WW1 Ration books

Collection WW1 Ration Books: BBC.co.uk

HMB 16/3/1918

My dearest Mother

I am hoping to come on leave at the end of the first week or beginning of the second week in April, heavenly thought! So please write at once to Lieutenant A Van Horde, Bureau des conges Militaires Belges. Aldwych WC and ask for a conge form like you had before and fill it up at once and send it back and ask them to send it off at once. I am so excited at the thought of coming. I hope Fuller hasn’t pruned the rose trees yet. I am longing to have a go at them. I am so sorry to hear that the servants are so troublesome. However I can be quite useful when I come or will try anyway. Is there anything in the way of grub you would like me to bring over?

I suppose . Our grub here is still quite decent so I shan’t mind taking in a few holes in my belt when I come home.

The Greyhound has not descended upon me yet, thank God! Fortunately her hospital is a very long way out so she could only come up on a half day or something like that. I have still got a quite elegantly slim figure, for me and I really must have some of my clothes altered! They hang around me.

I am glad John is dealing out Belteshazzar to tiresome natives: it is a good thing it has saved him from that old fool Archie’s machinations.

Please thank Father for the £10 which has arrived safely: I think I have already acknowledged the Red Cross grant for which also many thanks.

I hope M has got the undies by now and that you will be so kind as to send me a list of my pictures again as I have absolutely lost the one you sent me before.

I am enclosing you a pleasant snap-shot of myself taken by Isabel. She and I are going to travel home together DV and WP. Mr Todd is a devil: I can get no catalogues for him and I have had no papers since Feb 23rd. Is it the posts I wonder.

I must dry up now

Best love to you all

Your loving Dorothy.

About Mrs T

Beyond the day job, the housework and the garden I love to delve into local and family history. I also love to get involved in local projects. Recent research for Alford Manor House has combined the two and led to obsession.
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