WITH OUR MEN.
EXPERIENCES IN ENGLAND,
Trooper L. J. Smith, who has been in England since August, writes concerning the life at Hornchurch camp as follows :—
"I was going for a walk with Guard Waghorn and Tom Warner this afternoon, but it has turned cold and dull. lam billetted out now with very nice people and the old lady takes very good care of us. The camp is full and we are lucky enough to be billetted out. It is ever so much more comfortable. Last night I went to a dance at Remford given by the Ladies Volunteer Reserve and it was very nice Most of our officers were there and lots of civilians and old men. It was a great success. Tom Warner leaves on Tuesday for New Zealand. I don't think that Guard Waghorn will get away until the next boat. Nothing doing lately at all, just route marches, duty, etc., and football every Wednesday and Saturday. Our boys played the Life Guards at Windsor yesterday and beat them by 27 points to nil. A chap called Harley Barnes and I did duty this morning instead of going to church. We had to peel "spuds" for the officers mess. We have a good band in camp now and I can hear them playing to the visitors in camp. My billet is only two minutes walk from the camp gates. The Oddfellows people are always asking us out. Percy Williams is in camp and enjoying life in his usual way; Everywhere i n England there seems to be a much brighter aspect taken of the war Everyone seems to think great things are going to happen soon. I hope so, that we may be home before another year is over. Embarking for "somewhere" .
Writing a few days later, Trooper Smith says :—Here I am on board the Olympic at Southhampton and I expect we will be well out to sea before the morning. We left camp at 6.30 a.m., [marched to the train and came straight through arriving* at 11.30 and coming on board straight away. We are quite settled down and she is a very comfortable ship. She is 48,000 tons and we have hundreds of troops on board. I expect we' will arrive at our destination in a little over a week. We had a party at our billet last night and got to bed at one o'clock and had to pet up at five so am feeling fit for a good sleep to-night The boys for New Zealand would not leavft camp till eight o'clock. I think they are sailing from here too, but from another wharf. Am fit and well and keen to be back in .Egypt.
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WITH OUR MEN., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3537, 18 April 1916