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Letter – I sent off the primroses – April 12, 1915
Hornblotton Rectory, Castle Cary, Somerset

Dear Gran

I sent off the primroses. I hope they don’t get delayed too much. They are well packed up so they ought to get through any amount of banging about.

I followed Viola’s orders and have been regular housing and mealing. Since I came here, I get rather tired at the end of the day.

I move tomorrow and am thinking of going to Bodmin via Exeter on the bike, a nice little run from here. The bike is in need of a new bushing, which I must get in Exeter. It is the main bearing, brass or white metal skin and the engine knocks and gets hot if it gets loose. It costs about five bob, not more I think.

The prims are magnifique this years. I have never seen so many before. They are everywhere in white masses.

Your loving Hugh

Letter – I have been staying – April 13, 1915
Hornblotton Rectory, Castle Cary, Comerset

Dear Mum

I have been staying with Mrs. Milne and have had a gay time. The country is fine after London smoke and smells. I am going to see Theo at Bodmin before my leave is up and then come back to town.

Gran has been very bad but is round the corner I think. Old age I think. Mr. Milne has a bad heart and cannot walk around to keep his weight down. There are 3 pupils, very brilliant boys, doing copy books! Hugo, Colin, John Forest, Harold Brown and Bob Pastal are all out somewhere. Quite a good showing from one rectory. Eric is in India and Jack is still at Marlborough being under age like Dick. Mrs. Milne is thankful he is in India, out of the way. Mrs. B. is very fit and is still the oil that smoothes the works and the buffer between the boys and the old man. I didn’t let on that I had German Measles lately as I thought they would have a fit at the very mention of it. But I am not infectious so there is no damage done. Don’t let on if you are writing to Mrs. M. She is writing to you.

The ducks still lay dozens of green eggs, too strong to be eaten by anyone. They taste of duckweed and slugs. The Prims are fine this year, more than ever before. White sheets of them everywhere. They have done up the old tower in the church yard as it was falling down and found an old Norman Arch while doing it. The artichokes are gorgeous, great grey green leaves.

WWI Scrapbook - Hugh Salvin Calverley
WWI Scrapbook - Hugh Salvin Calverley Details
Post Card – Exeter Guildhall – no date

…guards after Kings Own Royal Lanc and these are their colours through the Crimean War. It has 2 roofs. They put in the one you see underneath the old 1300. There are some gorgeous gargoyles

Letter – Thanks awfully for – May 1, 1915
12th Essex Dorking

Dear Gran

Thanks awfully for your show, it was a peach, awfully thrilling fights in the dark and I know not what: thefts, accomplices, and startling costumes. Viola will have told you of the thrills in that direction.

Capt. Becove was shocked to find me coming back so late, awful example to D coy. The shirts I got are magnifique, and so comfy and stylish and cool. They are so cool they will give me a cold sure. I am hurrying to lunch.

Yours Hugh

Letter – Am sleepy – April 23, 1915
50 St. George’s Square

Am sleepy so just a line. Ken Coulthard was my pal in the Canadians. We slept together, worked together, eat together going to villages on expeditions twice to Devizes. Gran is alright but doesn’t seem to get well or make progress quickly. She sits up twice and day and sees me and Viola and her Pals. Dad has….

Post Card – 12th Essex regt. Dorking

Arrived at Dorking without accidents. It is a nice town and the country round is very pretty. Hills and Hollers.

Yours Hugh

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