December 1915

Lt EV Smythe
6th Reins. 17th Batt
5th Inf B’de
A.I.F. Egypt

Dear Percy
I have at long last arrived here. Sent a letter addressed to the 3rds but have since found out that you are in hospital or were on the 30th Nov. how are you progressing. Hope you are on the high road to recovery by now. Keep your pecker up & come up smiling. Things here are a bit mixed and to use the words of a classical poet “We dunno were we are.” Am expecting to see Vernie any day now that they have left Gallipoli but you never know where they’ll be sent. Saw Rup Fergie in at the Intermediate Base, Cairo yesterday. He is looking well. Roy Macphee is here with me, also Ernie Bell. George Barton wishes to be remembered to you. You might drop him a card. Ryde will find him. Tata for the present. Write soon, your loving brother Viv.  


Lieut E V Smythe
D Coy 17th Batt
5th Inf Bde

Dear Jean,

I am very sorry for not answering your very kind letter long ago and I want you to write and tell me that I am forgiven. I was so very busy learning to be a soldier that I kept putting it off until I got here, and now it takes such a long while for a letter to go to you that it will be months before I can get your reply. I hope you are getting on quite well and that your parents and brothers and sisters are too. I haven' t been fighting yet but we all expect to be soon. This is a very strange land and there are many wonderful things here.





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