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20th August 1915: Letter from Cairo - World War One
A letter home the day before my great grandfather rejoined his unit on the front
Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt
20th August 1915
I am going to the front again tomorrow to rejoin my unit. I have not received any of the letters yet except one dated 13th April. I suppose I will get some when I get back to my Company.
Now don’t worry about me Mother because I will be all right, and anyway you will always know that I am doing my duty.
We are slowly but surely beating the Turks but it is a hard job and a hard life also. I am enclosing some stamps for Harold. I hope you got the last lot I sent safely.
I will also enclose some postcards for Mary. Don’t send me any parcels on any account – I will never get them.
It is very hot in Cairo most uncomfortable in fact. I am writing this in my tent and very awkward it is as I have to lie down to do it.
I am sending you some photos I want you to look after for me. The large ones are pictures of Palestine the Holy City and some Egyptian scenes. The small ones were mostly taken by me as I have a camera, and were taken about Cairo. I hope you get them safely.
It is not safe for me to have them with me as ten to one they will get lost.
Now I must conclude as I have to put my kit together. So with best love to yourself and all at home.
I remain your loving son,
For easier navigation I have listed each letter in chronological order:
- Rediscovering my great grandfather, Reginald Trevor: Letters home from World War 1
20th August 1915: Letter from Cairo - World War One (current page)
- 3rd Dec 1916: WW1 Letter: Life in Perham Downs camp - England
- 18th April 1917: WW1 Letter: Stretcher bearers, ships and shell shock
- 14th Oct 1917: WW1 letter: The tedium of 'home service' in England
- 22 Oct 1917: Wounded in the Battle of Pozières - the Somme: WW1 Letter home
For background information about Reginald Trevor, please click here.