June 19 1919
Turf Club Cairo
My dear old Elsie
I think I told you I was going to Cairo to give evidence in a Court of Enquiry so here I am enjoying a thoroughly luxurious time with old Urwick. The enquiry is likely to last another week – there are about 60 of these damned Egyptians all swearing the most abominable lies. It is really ludicrous to see the awful looking women – black as coal and ugly as sin – who come up and swear they were they were raped by British Tommies – It is all a put up job by the Nationalist party out here. However it gives Urwick and I a very pleasant holiday. We are down at the Court in the morning – afternoons we go to the Sporting Club and watch the Cricket & polo. I wish I had brought my flannels up as I should have been able to play games – the last time I played for the Regiment versus Suez I made 102 not out – so I’ve still got a good eye I’m glad to say. Your letters come very quickly and regularly now & the Tatlers too many thanks, dear girl.
And do you know – I really think I shall be home soon – We have just been told that the Cadres of all 1st. Line pre-war Territorial Units like ourselves are to go home as soon as possible in order to reconstruct the new Territorial Army. This means I shall go with the Cadre and all the records – papers and property – if they want me to stay on as Adjutant for a year or so at home I think I shall do so and in the meantime look out for something to definitely settle down in. I am wondering if the old Boche is going to sign.1
No news of Harold & Alice passing through yet – I may be home first after all
Cheerio and best love dear girl
1 The Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28th 1919 between the Allies and Associated Powers (which included the USA) and Germany.
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Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
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