My dear old Elsie
I was so glad to hear the parcel has reached you at last as I was so afraid it had been stolen – I am very pleased too that you liked the things so much. So glad you are going away to Newport in September but I fancy it wont be much of a holiday for you with all your babies to look after.
Since I last wrote I have been up to Cairo to play in a cricket match for my Divisional team of which I am Captain -had a very good time – I took Karl out to dinner at Sheppherds -he is so pale and thin but is actually going home next week so Babe will be happy at last.
I quite expect to have definite news of my home coming very soon now so you must be patient a bit longer dear girl – I am wondering so much what you will think of me in my photo
Great excitement here a few days ago – the boiler of an Italian warship1, which was a anchored in the Canal 500 yds from our Mess, burst and she sunk in 10 minutes – more than 100 poor devils were blown to bits – It was all very distressing
Glad to say I am quite fit again now and enjoying bathing and games but its damned hot and I long to feel a drop of good English rain on my face.
Cheerio dear girl, Best love
1 Lloyds Agent at Port Said telegraphed on Thursday that the Suez Canal has been blocked since the afternoon of the previous day through the Italian Warship Basilicata (a small cruiser of 2560 tons) having sunk near Port Tewfik after an explosion. The Times, August 16th 1919.
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