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Date: May 12th 1916

44 Marine Parade Hythe

May 12th 1916

My Dear Mother.

I started a letter to Em a few days ago but did not finish it or send it. Now, however, I am feeling much better bodily and other wise so will make another attempt. I must say I never felt so wretched as I have [for the] past week or two. I never was so sick of bumming and will be very glad when I get back on the job. I am quite well enough to be at work and yet I have been just putting in time and having a poor one at that. I have been to all the shows nearly and had to do something. I felt so restless, then I had a tired feeling and would feel quite lazy after very little exertion. I don't know what the conscientious objector must feel like but I have felt much like a slacker.

Mrs Andrews has written me several times inviting me down here to Hythe, so yesterday I wired her I was coming and came along. And I am very glad I did. I feel much better already. They have suites in a nice house right on the sea front and they have given me a lovely large room not more than 30 yards from the water. I arrived yesterday afternoon and am feeling much better. Today I have been out for a paddle on the canal and have been around to see several friends. Had tea with Mrs Ketchan and expect to see the General tomorrow if he gets over on leave. Several Wpg. people are here and it is quite nice. Mrs Andrews is so nice and makes me feel quite at home. The home cooking is great and a few days will set me up O.K. I see the lights go out in five minutes at 11 P.M. so I must close now and will write again soon. Will put in Em's part letter.

Got parcels O.K. and it was grand. Am wearing the grey socks now. Many thanks for all the good things.

Lots of love for Father, Em, Alf and self and kindest regards to Miss Smith.

Loving son

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