Jeannie: “Baby was vaxinated”

Postmark: Holywood, 07 Oct 1916

Mrs Adams
Co. Armagh

Dear Mother,
Sorry I have been so long in sending those things but I will soon.  I have been so busy.  Baby was vaxinated [sic] – his arm is sore.  I will write soon.  Got your letter alright.  Glad to know about J being up.  Hope all is well.  Give my love to all.
Your loving
J Adams

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Postcard shows: ‘Cultra Manor, Co. Down’.  A view across a mown field to a large house.  Haystacks stand in the foreground, and beyond lies Belfast Lough and the Antrim coast.

Board of Docs: “I was put back for further treatment”


My Dear Mother

I am sorry I have been so long in writing to you but it was not my fault as I thought I had written to you and I was wondering why I never heard from you. I was thinking long to hear from you when I got your letter saying that you had not heard from me. Well I hope yourself and all at home are still in good health and I hope Annie is quite better and that Jimmy is not working too hard.

I am getting on here alright. I am liking the place better than I did at the first. There was a Board of Docs here some time ago and a lot of men was passed fit and send back to their units. But I was put back for further treatment so I do not know now when I may get away from here. But you need not be uneasy about me as I am alright. I think I will get a pass sometime and go home to see youse. But it means a lot of money. It would take 15′ [15 shillings?] to take me to Bessbrook station at half fare.

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…need not expect me to go home very often…nothing I want you to send me. I thank you …for what you have sent me. I shall not …and the rest for it. Do you know did…a woollen jacket that Jennie knit for … home any time I was there. I cannot think…I left it. It was one without buttons if …of leave it at home you need not bother…The weather is not so bad as it was …ago but what can we expect now the …will soon be here. Well I hope you will …me for not writing sooner to you. I will not …happen again. I think I must draw to a …and I will write soon again. Hoping…from you soon and hoping all at home …good health.

Good bye
I remain
Your loving son

[Location: could be either Newtownards or Tipperary]

Tipperary: “I had no word from Jennie this long time.”

Royal Irish Fusiliers,No1 Coy A Block H Room,Irish Command Depot,Tipperary

Dear Mother

Just a few lines hoping it will find all at home enjoying their usual good health. As this leaves myself the same at present. The weather has got very wet this last while, nothing but rain every day. But what can we expect at this time of the year. I hope Jimmy got home alright from the station on the day I came away. We had some time to wait from we got there. As the train did not go out as soon as I expected. But it was as well to be too early as too late. I got back here alright and feel nothing the worse for the journey. But I do not think I would take on the same thing again. Well I think if all is well and me here that long I will get a leave home at Christmas. And it will not be long in wearing round to that. I am going to write to Jack tonight was there any word from him since. I wonder will he get home. I hope he does. I had no word from Jennie this long time. I think she has forgot that I am here.

Was Jimmy telling you that we met Mr Fourie [?] on Monday night when we were going down to Bessbrook. He seemed quite pleased to see me. I as not know if he meant it or not. Nor do I care. I think I have no more to write about now so I must stop. Hoping to hear from you soon.

I remain
Your Loving Son

J Adams