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Letter from Archie to his wife
Letter from the front. See right

photo of family for the front

John's father kept this photo of his family with him throughout the First World War.

22nd June 1915

My Darling Wife

You are a darling! I received your letter with assurances re. our wedding anniversary. I have also never regretted marrying you & would not exchange for single life nor untold wealth. I love you Ethel a good deal more than I show. I am a quiet stick at the best of times. You & the children are my world I don’t care a hang for anything or anybody else. I feel sure with God’s help I shall come through safely & live in hopes of spending many more happy years with you & the kiddies. We have much to be thankful for & especially being blessed with two such children – what a pair – something to be proud of eh! God bless them & you.

I had an uneventful journey back. At Bedford Station I met a Major Bennett who used to be Captain Bennett & Officer in charge of Barracks at Bedford, you know him, he was father’s boss. He was telling me that he went out at once with the Expeditionary Force & was in charge at Base Supply Depot but at the end of the month contracted bronchitis, came home & had two month’s sick leave at Bedford & was under Colonel Poynder. Probably you have seen him pass on his way to Bks – a short man something like Major Thorpe in appearance. His only son has enlisted as a private recently.

I have been hard at work ever since I arrived here & am now going for ½ an hours ride for exercise. The King is inspecting the Division next Friday. With love to Mabel [his sister]& best sweetest love to you & the kiddies.

Yours ever,