Signaller No 30
I’m doing well. Should have written before we have been getting a lot of night practice with lamps and it throws me about a bit. Should have written long one lately. Our Officer is anxious that we should be in good practice because he will be in charge of the Signalling at Sea. He practices a lot himself and likes to see us at it too and our work will commence as soon as we get on the boat. I’ve heard military does the Signalling at Sea for obvious reasons but doesn’t navigate or Sail the boat. The Ceramic boat we are going on is in Sydney and we expect to sail on Saturday next to only Suppose we may go any time now. Little Aunt came to see me in Camp and had a look round. She says I am getting very fat and is afraid I’ll get like ? Salmon but got a long way to go for that but am getting heavier.
I am sorry you are having such rotten luck with your Plowman and stock. One thing certain as soon as the grain grows the stock trouble will be over. I am sorry you are loosing so much and it has been an awful drought.
I’m jolly glad there has been a break in it. As it is many people will have a trouble to carry on. That little green shadow that was about when I was up ought soon to be grass long enough for stock feed. I will ? in a month to get to the Mediterranean and the Turk.
May have peace by then and now that Italy is in the war. I wouldn’t be surprised if when Turkey wants peace the war will commence to ease off and then Austria will want to stop and the whole show will end up quickly. There is a lot of speculation among the boys as to whether we will get into trouble or not.
It would be a good thing for everybody if the mess? could be ended. I think it will collapse as it commenced very quickly when the end comes.
Love to all from Stid
My Dear Mother- 30 May