Letter from Arthur Powell

Scope and Content

This is the first of Arthur's letters home to his parents to be written in ink. Arthur writes to his father from the King's Victoria Barracks in Cork, Ireland where he is stationed. He sends a gift for which he apologies for its 'dimensions' because, 'it is the best I can do at present'. Arthur had had to go into four different shops to purchase the tobacco for his father. He speaks of his disappointment at them not all being together for their anniversaries, 'under peace conditions'; but the consolation which Arthur positively seeks is that, 'we are all together a little band of four, and I am pleased to say a happy little lot at that'. We sense from Arthur's language that he anticipates peace soon for their 're-union will be all the happier'. Arthur however recognises that they have all suffered one way or another, the 'effects of this terrible war'. Arthur had hoped to be home by now, but conceives that he should be home for Christmas. Although he is still waiting for the Medical Board to pass him; on which his leave hangs, he believes that he will no longer be fit for active service. Arthur derives consolation from the fact he has been lucky in comparison to others and waiting for leave to be granted is a small price to pay. Arthur signs his love to father and asks for his love to be passed to mother and Norman.

Dated at: unknown; original copy missing.