SL248/1/3/12 Letter to Mrs Greig, 86 Grange Loan, Edinburgh, Scotland (Transcription below letter images)
30th June 1915
My darling mother
I’m afraid I’m very naughty because I haven’t written for a fortnight. I got your letter of the 21st and am glad to see you are all well. I’ve been having quite a quiet time of it during the past fortnight although I had one or two warm times before that. Needless to say I got through safely. Just now I’m quite close to a section of anti-aircraft battery so we sometimes see them firing. It’s good sport! but if they shift suddenly, then I shift equally suddenly. I can’t find any more white hairs, that one must have been due to the Festubert fighting. Oh I got the parcel quite safely. It was a lovely one, just what is wanted out here. The cream was quite good and kept good until the second day after opening. The shrimps arrived in good condition and we soon polished off the lot at lunch. I haven’t used the stove as I’m waiting until I get into a corner where I can’t light a fire then I’ll use it. The Brigade Staff seem to be quite pleased with me so I’m alright so far. Everything goes along quite smoothly. Sometimes somebody gets snotty with me, but he usually finds I’m too hard a nut for him to crack. Of course I get equally snotty and the result is that nobody can get any change out of Yours Truely. I always get the best of the argument. At least I have done up till now.
Do you know I’m going to put in for leave and if I get it I’ll be in London on Friday afternoon about 3pm in Victoria Station. It will be Friday 9th July. I wonder if I can see Nancy on that day. How long were you going to stay in London if you went down on the 5th.
We’ve been having thunderstorms nearly every day this week.
Now that’s about all the news I’ve got so I’ll have to stop. With lots of love and kisses from your loving son Hew.
This is the last letter we have from Hew, but that does not mean that he did not survive the war…Hew did come home safe and sound, and went on to become an engineer. He gained 3 wartime medals – the British War medal, the Victory medal and the 1914-15 Star medal. We are sure he married a Dora Edith in Surrey in 1948, and he lived to be aged 71, dying in November of 1963. Hew’s surviving letters have really brought to life what it was like for some soldiers on the Front Line, and for that we are incredibly thankful.