Archive Content: Letter to mother and sister



  • Item Type
    Letter
  • Owner of Item
    Ann James
  • Surname
    Austin
  • Forenames
    Evan Idris
  • Rank
    Private
  • Regiment
    Other
  • Battalion
    Other
  • War
    World War One
  • Area of Conflict
    France
  • Date of Letter
    08/01/1918
  • Title
    Letter to mother and sister
  • Description
    Pte Evan Idris Austin served as a Despatch Rider with the Royal Army Service Corps in France, and was Mentioned in Despatches on 8.11.1918 ‘for gallant and distinguished services in the Field.’ After the war he owned an ironmongers in Porthcawl, dying in 1937.
  • Total Number of Pages
    1
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  • Transcription 1
    Friday, Jan 8th, 1918.

    My dear Mam and Morfi,
    No doubt you are wondering how I have not written sooner. I fully intended doing so yesterday, but somehow the time was rather rushed.
    Well, how are you all, and how is Gladys and the little one getting along.
    Sang in a Concert Wednesday evening, and did quite well. Managed to score an encore, so have not altogether lost my voice.
    Today received letter from Tan's children. They wish me to write them some letters in return, but really I have nothing much to tell them, so I think it much better to send them postcards.
    The weather keeps quite mild, it’s by no means so cold out here this winter as last. What kind of weather are you having ? Is it suitable for gardening ?
    The war news out here is just about the same
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  • Transcription 2
    it’s just a game of patience, something or another is bound to happen very shortly.
    I am enjoying splendid health, so don't worry about me. I am certain we are doing better out here than you at home in regard to food.
    Tell Theo I will write him Sunday. I should have already done so days ago.
    Kindly remember me to all the folk. Perhaps in my next letter I shall be able to give you the approximate date I am expecting leave.
    Write whenever you have time giving me as much news as possible of home and Trenewydd. Has Mam made friends with her brother or is the resentment to be lifelong. ?
    No more news so must conclude with fondest love.
    Ever your loving son and brother,
    Id.