Letters from Effie f Woodyatt, Stemsen Road, 1 Sep-4 Oct 1915

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This file contains two letters. The first, 1 Sep 1915, regards the fact that Woodyatt is trying to get information on her husband and that her son has left for Sandhurst [army training] having reached the army standard, feeling he had to give himself to his country. She comments that only 60 out of hundreds reached the navy standard. Woodyatt then discusses costs involved in joining the army and the fact he might have to wait for his proper outfit [unifrom]. The cost means her daughter may not go to school this winter. The second, 4 Oct 1915, regards her sons progress in the army, comments that he is boyish beng seventeen and that he would like to go into the Indian Army as the pay is good [Miss Hughes has written in the top corner "Indian Army", a reference in the letter shows that Miss Hughes was taking an interest in the boys progress by suggesting contacts]. Woodyatt intends her daughter to be taught skills to earn a living. Personal news is then given and she thanks Miss Hughes for a leaflet and comments upon it. Woodyatt is having boys of the Royal Sunset billetted with her.