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22nd February 1915: We have embarked - World War One letter

Updated on January 19, 2012
Original letter written by Reginald Trevor about his embarkation to World War One.
Original letter written by Reginald Trevor about his embarkation to World War One.
Envelope addressed to Reginald Trevor's mother
Envelope addressed to Reginald Trevor's mother
Lucella Brissenden - Mother of Reginald Trevor
Lucella Brissenden - Mother of Reginald Trevor

Transcribed 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,

Trevor.

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