32 Colchester 13.1.41
I hope you are keeping alright I hear that Gerry has been making his presence known again hope you did not have it bad at Ealing. These last few days our troop has been on a shoot so we have been kept fairly busy. Darling I received your parcel with two cakes, hundred cigs. and some sweets. I cannot remember if I let you know whether I received them, if I did not darling I wish to thank you for same it is very kind of you sending me all these nice eats, regarding the knee pads, they were O.K. but seeing I am now to become a driver there value to me will not be so great. We had some duke visit the barracks the other day, we were one day preparing for him at the wagon line and he did not even come and look at the lorries. He just walked across the barrack square, and then hopped into his car, we had been standing at the lorries for three hours. Today I played football for the troop against "B" Troops we won by four goals to two, it was quite a nice game, a little blood flying about, this is quite good for army football. I came out of the game with a cut knee and a nasty bruise on my stomach, this I guess will soon get better. At present it is fairly painful. Well darling I must close now,
I have had my photo taken so shall send one to you when I get them. Please will you get my football socks and shin pads from my house and send them. Please see that there are garters with socks.