Hoping Harold can make it…

1/5 Somerset L.I. Chakrata, Upper Provinces, India
Oct 5th 1916

My dear old Elsie
Since last I wrote I’ve had a couple of days in bed with my old malaria fever again – I haven’t mentioned it in my home letters for they would probably think more of it than necessary and I suppose I shall always be subject to attacks while I’m in the East. I’m better today but a bit shaky and I’ve got to drink a lot of milk which I loathe. I am expecting Harold to turn up either to day or tomorrow and we are sure to have a good time together1 – the last few days we’ve had torrential rains and I hear parts of the road have been washed away but I’m sure he’ll get up somehow – it is 60 miles from the nearest railway station to Chakrata!

Now we shall be getting ready for our exit and march down in two weeks time – it will all be very jolly and we are likely to have perfect weather. The home news seems very good and I get wonderful letters each month from the Pater – the Babe has had a good holiday in the Mumbles. The war news keeps good too and the new armies seem to be fighting magnificently – Well cheero – old girl – many thanks for your last letter & Tatler.
with best love

from Stan

1 There is no surviving letter between October 5th and November 3rd. So it is not certain whether Stanley’s brother Harold reached Chakrata to visit him after so much anticipation.

Next letter Nov 3rd 2016

These letters have been published as
Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
Twiga Books, ISBN 978 09528625 2 9 £9.50 + p&p
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