Can you send me a knife, fork and spoon?

Sind Club, Karachi
May 17 1915

My dear old Elsie

Here I am dear at Karachi and we embark in a couple of hours time. I have seized the opportunity of coming to the Club for a bath and a good meal. We have been a week in the troop train and it has been ‘hell.’ It’s only a 2000 mile journey but the heat has been awful across the Sind Desert and we have only been able to travel at night. Last night we stayed at the Rest Camp here but the frogs (great big slimy ones) and mosquitos were so numerous that we got no sleep. Will you make me a present – old girl – you said you’d like to didn’t you! I want a looking glass and knife fork and spoon. The looking glass is made of highly polished metal and the knife fork and spoon are all in one and fold up. I saw the advertisement in an old Bystander* and they are sold by John Pound & Son Oxford St., London. The glass is 2/6 and the kf&sp is 3/6 – I hope you wont be cross with me for asking but these things will be so useful and I think they will come all right by parcel post. I will send you another line as soon as I can – lve had no English letters for two weeks but I expect they’ll turn up one day – I hope so.

Cheero! old girl best love

from Stan

 

* There are several references to periodicals: Bystander, Tatter, Sketch, and Punch.

Next letter July 7th 2015

These letters have been published as
Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
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