17-10-1941 Letter from Tobruk (?) (2
Pte Wotherspoon D. J
D. Coy 2/15 Bn
My Dear Mother & all the family,
Just a page or two to let you a& all the family know I am still in good fettle, &
very happy today, happy because I received such a bundle of letters
yesterday. Just the neat Dozen Mum, took me ‘till dinnertime to read
them. Two from my Curly headed Sister Nell dated the 1/9/41 &
17/9/41 one from Dear Kind Ann her letter No. 3, one from my little
Sister with the same name as my Mother, Date after she returned from her
Western holiday, & the most welcome of them all one from your
Darling old self 8/9/41. The rest were scattered from Brisbane- Boulia
Thanks for the stamps old Dear, & Nell old Sweetheart – don’t bother with the Canteen Orders, they lose their value about 1/- shilling in five. Just put a stamp in each letter for your reply, & if any one is ever sending a parcel, don’t forget, Paper, Ink and Pencil. I use a fair bit of paper scratching bits of poems out & this paper & pencil I have borrowed off young Jim Benham. We get an issue now & then – one pad to a section of 9 or ten men, & at times a letter card each but they are so small. We get a cigarette issue 5 pkts a week & they don’t last long & any lad that gets a tin of Tobacco in a parcel is very popular for a few hours.
The photos were all very nice – it is good to be able to have a look at all your faces once more. It is very cold here at night now Mother, & out at night it is Scarfs & all on.
the biggest dust storm I ever saw a few days ago, lasted all day, made
things very unpleasant for all hands at the time. Cold weather don’t
seem to affect the fleas unless to make them more affectionate. They are
in every hole in the ground, & I can flea my blankets & clothes,
& an hour after they are all back again, & invited their friends
with them. It is hard to write today Mum, we should be all having a
sleep, but the boys all received a crowd of letter each - & are all
excited, we swap letters to each other – any lad that gets no mail
still has letters to read. All the time I was getting no letters they
all made me read their’s. They are all in love with my Western Home
Mum, the Greenery of it, makes them all remember, also makes them
home-sick. Had such a nice letter from Mrs Paine ‘Lake Nash’, she is
a typical Squatters Daughter & Managers Wife & her letter is
sprinkled with breezy news of Horses – Cattle - & Droving doings
of the West besides bits of Station Gossip. They are finding it hard to
get men on the Stations, & bush fires are causing a lot of damage.
Beryl is making me a cake which I hope to receive some day. Haven’t
met any of the
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