From: Hastings, England
Sun. 21 July 1918
Dear Mother -
The draft left Hampstead yesterday so I told you in my last letter that it would and we got here about noon. Casey & I were both on it but I have not seen him since we left the train. We had to fall out in fifties as our names had been called. He was near the last of the list and I the first. He will be in another squadron or something not far away. One hundred of us came here and we are living in tents, five to a tent. The officers and instructors I have seen so far seem very decent but then it is rather early to pass an opinion.
We stay in this part of the camp only three weeks for the preliminary part of the training and then move into billets in another "wing" for more advanced work. So, I suppose that even this address will not be very permanent but write to it. #504638 - Cadet R.G.Brown, "E" Flight, No. 5 Squadron, No. 8 Cadet Wing, R.A.F., 119 Marine, Hastings, England.
More soon, Love to all.