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20th August 1915: Letter from Cairo - World War One

Updated on January 23, 2012
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Reginald Trevor
Reginald Trevor

A letter home the day before my great grandfather rejoined his unit on the front

Transcribed letter:

Heliopolis, Cairo, Egypt

20th August 1915

Dear Mother,

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,



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