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22 Castle Hedingham
       GNR S P NOEL 1088686
       "C"BTY  "E" Troop
       131 FIELD REG'T. R. A.
       CASTLE HEDINGHAM
       ESSEX.


Dear Marjorie
I am writing this note in bed, I decided to have an early night, and an early night is about eight-o'clock. I have had a bit of a scrap, hence one black eye; these Scotch chaps are tough little devils. Our troop had a bit of a do, with F troop, us English fellows were dragged into it, so it was a real flare up, all the fellows in our troop looked the worst for ware on the parade ground, all the (N.C.O.) & (C.O.) officers seem quite pleased that we had knocked Freddie troop about a bit, the same day our Captain gave us a lecture on how to be tough when or if we ever see a German or Italian, nearly all the chaps went to sleep, was the old boy mad, nearly all the troop was put on punishment duties, I was lucky he did not notice me asleep, hence no punishment for me. Those Scotch chaps do not care much, they are always getting into scrapes. Well darling how are you keeping? You were looking very well when I saw you last although that seems like years ago. Now I am in a field Reg't. the only leave we get is a fortnight a year, weekend leave is not given, so how Charles is getting all his leave is beyond me. I saw the S. Major to see if I could get some leave, and that is what he told me, all the London chaps are kicking about it, the wives of some of the men think that they are not trying to get leave because they think that they have picked up with a girl, some of them have come down here to see if they can catch there husbands out, but that they have not managed to do because they a fairly decent lot of men. Well darling I must close now as the Sarg. Is waiting to turn the light out.    Cherrio, Syd

Next Day
    Which I believe is Friday or it may be Thursday, the sergeants here are a nicer crowd, they are great to us when off duty, on duty they are not so bad, they shout a bit, but that does not do one any harm, every week end they get drunk as lords, we have some fun with them then, they are still quite nice although they are intoxicated. The men never get drunk, they cannot afford it, it is funny nearly all of them would rather have tea when they are thirsty, this statement sounds unbelievable but it is true, they have a flare up now and then, but it is very rare.
It is time to say
cherrio,
With lots of love,
  Syd

P.S.
I believe we are going to Colchester Barracks, this means plenty of polish and spit, so we shall be none to pleased with the move. Everything will be regimental with plenty of red tape, the guards will be a nightmare.

       

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