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Southend 9.11.40

GNR. S.P. NOEL 1088686
12TH SQUAD Y BTY
11TH CORP
1ST DEFENCE TRAINING REGT.
R.A. HOME FORCES

Dear Marjorie
I received your letter and fags for which I thank you very much. I am feeling O.K. now, the flue feeling has completely gone. So we are back at drill and marching again worse luck. This place where we are staying it is not very lively as far as amusements are concerned. Weekends are very boring there is nothing to do at all, one just walks around, if it is wet, well it is simply hell. The only things one looks forward to is letters from home, one poor chap in the next room to us has not had a letter since he has been in the army, the worse part about it is that he collects the mail for our squad, one feels quite sorry for him. The food here is good but we get less and less of it and I can assure you that since I have been in the army I can eat so can every body in the squad. Nearly all our money goes on food, I spend about two bob a day on food. Please excuse this note for being moanful but I feel like it, but still the war will not last forever, that's some thing one has to be thankful for. I expect you are surprised at me writing in ink. I borrowed some, my writing desk is still the floor. Two of the fellows in our room have been on the carpet for not folding their coats up their punishment is that they have to scrub the stairs from the top of the house to the bottom, boy what a job it is an awful big house.
Lots of love
Syd

 

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