Pte. S. W. Ball No. 436971
12th Brigade M. G. Coy.
Liphook, Hants, Eng.
July 5th 1916
Dear Aunt Becca:-
Just a few lines to let you know that I am getting along fine, but quite busy most of the time. We are transferred to the Brigade Machine Gun Company now. We have to drill two hours longer a day over here. I suppose you heard that most of the 51st Battn. has gone to the front too but we were transferred & couldn't get back to go with them. Albert has been in the trenches but back to the base again now. His address is,
Pte. A. L. Mills No. 436951
No. 1 Coy. 14th Battn. R.M.R.
3rd Brigade, 1st Division
Army P.O. London, Eng.
We see flying machines go over quite often. One went over this morning and another one just now. They travel awful fast and sometimes so high that we can hardly see them.
I don't think we will be able to go and see Mrs. White's folks. We can only get a pass for a day and a half now. I think we will be going to France about the first of next month.
I like England and think it's a very pretty country but the weather is very changeable and when it rains it's awful cold.
We had seven days leave about a month ago and it rained a little every day. We went to Albert's home in London. His folks are nice and very jolly. We had a good time in London and they showed us most of the prominent places there.
How are you getting along now? I suppose you feel awful lonely living out there all alone.
We was inspected by the king last Saturday. We had sports last Sunday all day. Our Coy. won the first prize in a Machine Gun competition.
I can't think of anything more to write so I will close for this time, hoping you are all well as it leaves Bert and I.
From Your Loving Nephew,