My dreams of a comfortable time in Cairo

May 21 1919
Suez

My dear old Elsie
My dreams of a comfortable time in Cairo with lunches at the Turf Club and dinner at Shepheards were quickly dashed to the ground for here we are at Suez the last place God ever made I should think!

But we are seeing more of the world and I should think few Battalions in the War have done more travelling than we – I was only able to go into Cairo once to do some hurried shopping and to see Karl – I had tea with him and spent about an hour He was very well but of course frightfully love sick and home sick. We were kept on tender hooks all the time expecting a hurried move so we could not do much or wander very far We arrived here 2 days ago and now I hope we shall get a bit of peace It is really too hot to do much and we will just have to exist until about next November There is a good deal of trouble and unrest here – all the docks people are on strike and the Student class very riotous. Did I thank you dear for all your letters and the book you so kindly sent me – I have loved those naval yarns and I shall read them again – the childrens party on board the Battleship is a charming yarn I think

I am wondering so much if Alice and Harold will soon be passing through – I do hope they will send me word and I shall try to go along to Port Said with them. I hope you are fit dear girl and that you are having summer weather at last – I do wish I could get home but it seems almost impossible at present – I should love to be home for Whitsun – I try to keep my pecker up
Best love dear girl
from Stan

Next letter 9th June 2019

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I am thankful our job here is nearly over

May 6th. 1919
Upper Egypt

My dear old Elsie
I am thankful to say our job here is nearly over – In a few days, possibly the 8th we are going back to Cairo and getting rid of all these troublesome demobilizable men and getting made up with our proper Army of Occupation men. We shall then be able to start training and organising our New Battalion. I am looking forward ever so much to finding 4 or 5 letters waiting from you – it has been horrible to be cut off from everybody for so long. I wonder where you are now – you must be back in Highcroft again – I hope you and all the Brown family are very fit The Gippies in these parts are quite cowed and peaceful now but I fancy it is only skin deep and at any moment a very serious outbreak may occur – the position is critical and I really dont know what the outcome will be. The World seems very loathe to settle down doesnt it? Im very fit and some days quite enjoy my varied experiences but Im very fed up too sometimes and want to get home badly

Cheerio dear girl Ill write you a decent letter from the comfy Turf Club Cairo before long I hope
Best love
from Stan

Next letter 21st May 2019

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Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
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