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22nd February 1915: We have embarked - World War One letter
22nd February 1915
My Dear Mother,
As you will see by this letter I have embarked but I am not allowed to give you any further information.
I tried very hard to get leave before sailing but I could not get it and there were plenty more situated in the same way. I think it is very hard times for us. I have made over three fifths of my pay to you, that is three shillings a day, seven days in the week. The money will be forwarded to you at the end and middle of every month. If you do not get it the first time write to Victoria Barracks Melbourne and stir them up.
Buy Harold that gun he wants with the first lot, I did not have much time to get him one myself. Fred Nathan is sending my old clothes to you per the Adelaide S.S. Coy.
There is a terrible noise going on here. The men are just getting over their sea sickness and are happy in consequence. Of course I was sick as per usual. I am afraid I am a very bad sailor. I still feel a bit queer.
The ink in my pen is running out so I must stop. Address me in future: Pte. R. Trevor – 2nd Reinforcements, 5th Battalion. A.F.T. and that will get me. I will write to you more fully next time.
So with best love to yourself and the children, 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
22nd February 1915: We have embarked - World War One letter (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.