Letter to Kate, 9th October 1919

Oct 9/19

40843/1st Garr Batt
Royal Munster Fusiliers
A.P.O Box R L9
I.E.F. Italy

Dear Kate

Just a line to let you know that I am getting on alright, but have heard nothing yet about leave. There are some men with two or three months in more than I have got but I hope to be home before Christmas. I was very pleased to hear that Connie was getting on alright and to hear that she was very happy. I should like to hear of her walking. I mean paying her a visit the first chance I get. If I hear anything about coming home I will write and let you know . I have just wrote to Annie its the first time I have wrote since she was married. I hope it finds her alright. It is now nearly fourteen months since I was home so I think it is about time I got home if it was only for a leave. Ethel tells me theyare doing better at Trumans so thats a good sign of more work. Write and let me know how you are geting on. All the men who came up before 1st July have gone home except one or two and they are going home next week so it looks a lot better. Will write again soon.

With Best Love

"Trumans" is the lace factory where Harry worked before the war. The news about Connie is, really, a bit sad. Clearly, she isn't getting any closer to walking. A little more optimism about getting home? BL


Kittybriton said...

All I can say is, your patience, Harry, must be legendary! All this time since the armistice, and still no leave!

iwan said...

eeemm and still no leave???

Sgt Sam Avery said...

Hello Harry:
It's been more than 12 months since I've been home too. Now I'm back in the lines with the boys after getting done with the hospital. Dugouts, cooties and the exchange of iron makes it seem homelike here as long as I'm back with the Company. Stop by for a read when you can.