Nov. 1St 1914
No. 9 Co., IIIrd Batt. I Brig.
Am writing you to let you know how I am getting along. The trip over on the boat was rather monotonous going so slow. We were on the boat twenty-four days in all. Neither Noble or I were sea-sick, although the vaccination which we had on the boat made our arms quite sore.
Salisbury Plains, where we are now located is an ideal spot for the training of troops. It covers a large area not very thickly wooded as was Valcartier in Canada. Valcartier Camp in Quebec is a much better Camp than Salisbury where we are now.
Yesterday I just came back from Hinckley in Leicestershire where I had been staying for three days. As you know we are all given three days leaf to go and see our relations or parents in England those having friends given last preference of getting off. Of course I knew nobody over here, so I went with a Mr. Lockton to his married sister's place where I had a very good time. What little I have seen of England I like very much, of course everything is strange to me being so different. The English people are very nice too being so sociable and neighborly.
Noble is right near me, so far he has not had his three day's leaf.
Just received a letter from Marie Golay, telling me that one of Hal's babie's was seriously burnt while playing with matcheds dieing from the effects; perhaps you have not heard.
Next time I write you I will tell you more about the place. From your loving son