65 British General Hospital, Baghdad.
Mesopotamia Expeditionary Forces.
My Dear Father
I have just received your
letter telling me you have decided to give up the farm. It must have been a
great trial to you all & to think of leaving the house, surroundings etc.,
when one has spent the greater part of one’s life is rather a wrench. But now
the war is over & you would have to leave sometime. I think probably
it is the wisest course to take. At the same time it may be difficult to
find a suitable home to go to, in any case you have nearly a year to look round
& things should be more settled by then. I had no idea you kept the
house on for a year (May 1920). I must
before then. I should like if possible to secure some of the
household things in the way of furniture etc. I am hoping Percy will be
able to store my sporting things, furniture & other odds and ends. We
can talk about that when I do arrive home
This hospital is finished in
about a month or six weeks & I am hoping to get away then, but one can
never tell. Everyone is trying to get out of this country. I shall
have to wait & see and as I said I will send Mollie a telegram if I can get
away. I have just heard that my name appears in the Mesopotamia Honours
List for ‘Good Service in this Country’. I think the war office have
given me a ‘C.I.E.’ (Companion of the Indian Empire). This is considered
a very high award & is better than a D.S.O. (Distinguished Service
Order). I can now put C.I.E. after my name!! No doubt you will have
seen this in the paper long before you receive this letter. Mollie will
be sure to tell you. I am sorry we are not all together to honour it.
I hope mother is better &
that you will have a good summer for your last, after so many bad ones.
It is beginning to get very hot here & I shall be very glad to get away
from this blazing hot sun. I have had some good appointments out here
& when I give them up my income will drop by over £400 per year. But
I mustn’t grumble as I have been very lucky during the whole war.
Hope to hear good news of you
all & that we shall all meet soon.
Your affectionate son