Letters from James Joseph Makin to his family, 1915-1916, Part 12 of 12

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Belgrave Hotel, Chester. 20/9/16. Dearest Mother & Father You will see by this that I am on furlough and seeing a bit of England. I have 14 days leave and am on my second how. I report back to Perham Downs Camp Talisbury Slams, on Oct. 2. Horman Spense is at Larkhill about 6 miles from Itred to see this camp. him last Sturday but find him. I must could not sympathize with him in his hes gold me of sad loss. Mr Hense's death in his last letter. A ame writing him this morning. Hes is shll well. His division has
been shifted from the Somme front, and they are at present near Ypres in from what I can Searders Dear I could have gone convalescent to Woodcok but Park near Epsom preferred to have my leave yet fine. while the weather is Swce my last letter have had 2 more letters one from Ruby and the other from Harry- both dated 16116, so you see it is a 2 while ago. good long I longing for a letter from you, dear mother It ro 4 months since I news your last Sos
Belgrave Hotel, Chester. 3 20 I am apaid the parcels sent by Luby and yourselves will never reach me. It is a waste of Good money and Thiff. Don't send me any- thing else, please. The Chamce fetting it is not worth The trouble. have been recommended for 3 months light duly in England by the OE. of Epson but it must be Hospital confirmed at the camp when return from furlough. The light duty would probably be clencal work at Hdges. in ondon, so it would be ask Perce es bon
20 y The casualties of most of The lads in my platoon were in yesterdays paper. It is 8 weeks since they occurred so you can see how things felt very miserable are. I think of many good fellows, who had shared hardship with me during two hard months, to be lying out There without even a decent have in many cases. have not had time tto see much of bhester yet but am about to set out now on a srips around the old walls. It was a Roman Tronghold at one time forget whether I told you that two of the chemist. from our Melboumne office
Belgrave Hotel, Chester. 5 0 I are now working up here for the on munition work. government. They are not nerely skilled workess, but absolutely qualified explosie experts, so one can pardon them not wanting to go to France. Both hied to enlist however in Melboume visited them at the facory- a fremendous Place working 2x hours a day. 14 and one got the afternoon They work from 11 am. o hll after 8 at night -often and Sunday is Midnighg, just like any other day to. them It was fine to talk of 701
6 old times m Melbounie, and I can tell you we agreed That Mr Lewis, Mr Trwm &Co. and 423 Slonders fomne would do uo after the war (first boat I am afraid I cannot give you much more news this bn time, will promise you a good letter next mail. I am going from here to werpool domorrow and perhaps to Manchester, thence to up to I also mtend to North Wales, where I have a se my journey ticket. I brok here. Well dear parents I must now conclude with best love to Ruby, Gerke Perce, and Yourselves. from Your affectionate sony I shall send sale P.S. tim 1711½ FFS of theson as well LORE
De 1Command Depst. Perham Down Hanss 7/11/16 Dearest Mother & Father, The mail is about ts close, so I am writing at the latest moment to give you the absolute lalest. Fll Things are just the same here. and no sign of shifting. on light duty hes was well when last I heard. The casualties have not been so heavy lately. I had arranged to go over to to see Harry Makin Larkhill last Sunday and Norman Spence but the weather was too bad. forrents of rain Coldwinds galore - and a little snow and mid you have Salisbury Plains described. The 9th Brigade, in which Harry Makin 1s. is still here in England. I may be m London when next am taking a you here of me. job on the Pay office temporarily. Have five days leave. Laving yuus refused money for Lonas in case I am here. I should like to go up to Scotland for Mas Welb. dear Deople you must excuse this short note as I have on more time just now. Best love i all from Your affectionale son Iem

Belgrave Hotel,

Chester.

20/9/16

 

Five Minutes from General

Railway Station, G.P.O.

and Centre of City

TELEPHONE No. 246.  
 

Dearest Mother & Father,

You will see by this that
I am on furlough and
seeing a bit of England.  I 

have 14 days leave and am
on my second day now.  I report
back to Perham Downs Camp,
Salisbury Plains, on Oct. 2nd.

Norman Spense is at
Larkhill about 6 miles from
this camp.  I tried to see
him last Saturday but

could not find him.  I must
sympathize with him in his
sad loss.  Les told me of
Mr Spense's death in his

last letter.  I am writing
him this morning. Les is
still well.  His division has

 

                    2/

been shifted from the Somme
front, and they are at 
present near Ypres in
Flanders from what I can 
hear.

I could have gone 

convalescent to Woodcote
Park near Epsom, but
preferred to have my leave
while the weather is yet fine.

Since my last letter I
have had 2 more letters, -
one from Ruby and the 

other from Harry - both dated 
27/6/16, so you see it is a
good long while ago.  I 
am longing for a letter
from you, dear Mother.
It is 4 months since I
got your last news.

 

Belgrave Hotel,

Chester.

Five Minutes from General

Railway Station, G.P.O.

and Centre of City

TELEPHONE No. 246.

 

           3/

I am afraid the parcels
sent by Ruby and yourselves
will never reach me.  It is
a waste of good money and 
stuff.  Don't send me any-

thing else, please.  The chance
of getting it is not worth
the trouble.

I have been recommended
for 3 months' light duty in
England by the O.C. of Epsom
Hospital, but it must be 

confirmed at the Camp when
I return from furlough.
The light duty would probably
be clerical work at Hdqrs. in
London, so it would be
"treś bon" (ask Perce)

 

                4/

The casualties of most of
the lads in my platoon
were in yesterday's paper.
It is 8 weeks since they occurred,
so you can see how things
are.  I felt very miserable
to think of many good fellows,
who had shared hardship
with me during two hard
months, to be lying out
there without even a decent
grave in many cases.

I have not had time
to see much of Chester yet,
but am about to set out
now. on a trip around
the old walls.  It was a
Roman stronghold at one time.

I forget whether I told
you that two of the chemists
from our Melbourne office.

 

Belgrave Hotel,

Chester.

Five Minutes from General

Railway Station, G.P.O.

and Centre of City

TELEPHONE No. 246
 

              5/

are now working up here
on munition work for the
Government.  They are not
merely skilled workers, but
absolutely qualified explosive
experts, so one can pardon
them not wanting to go to
France.  Both tried to enlist
however in Melbourne.

I visited them at the
factory - a tremendous place
working 24 hours a day -
and one of them got the afternoon
off.  They work from 11 am.
till after 8 at night - often
midnight, and Sunday is
just like any other day to
them.

It was fine to talk of

 

                     6/

old times in Melbourne, and
I can tell you we agreed
that Mr Lewis, Mr Irwin & Co.
and 423 Flinders Lane, would 

do us after the war (first
boat)

I'm afraid I cannot give
you much more news this
time, and but will promise you
a good letter next mail.
I am going from here to 
Liverpool tomorrow and 
perhaps to Manchester thence.
I also intend to go up to 
North Wales, where I have a 
ticket.  I broke my journey
here.

Well, dear parents, I must 

now conclude with best love to
Ruby, Gertie, Perce and Yourselves.

from  Your affectionate son

Jim

P.S I shall send some 

PIC's of Chester as well

 

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No 1 Command Depot.

Perham Down.
Hamp,
7/11/16

Dearest Mother & Father,

The mail is about to close, so I am
writing at the latest moment to give you
the "absolute latest".

Things are just the same here.  Still
on "light duty" and no sign of shifting.
Les was well when last I heard.  The 
casualties have not been so heavy lately.

I had arranged to go over to
Larkhill last Sunday to see Harry Makin
and Norman Spence, but the weather was 
too bad.  Cold winds, torrents of rain,
a little snow, and mud galore - and 
you have Salisbury Plains described.

The 9th Brigade, in which Harry Makin
is, is still here in England.

I may be in London when next
You here of me.  I am taking a 
job in the Pay Office temporarily.  Have
just refused five days leave.  Saving
money for Xmas in case I am here.  I
should like to go up to Scotland for Xmas.

Well dear people you must excuse this 

short note as I have no more time just now.

Best love to all From

Your affectionate son,
Jim.

 

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