Well on the Road to Recovery
And Hopes To Be Home Soon
I have received with much pleasure your postcard informing me that my Uncle, Mr. W.T. Pursglove, of Philadelphia, U.S.A, has sent to you money and instructions for you to forward to me a parcel of your cigarettes to the value of £1. It is evident that my uncle at time of writing was unaware that I had been wounded, and naturally expected you carrying out his wishes by sending them out to me in France. Therefore, it is my wish that you would kindly send out the parcel of cigarettes and twist tobacco, to the value of £1, to my Platoon in France, with the exception of a small amount of cigarettes, which I should be obliged if you would send on to me in this hospital. I know only too well the value of a cigarette in the trenches, and I am sure the men of my Platoon will appreciate the parcel so much. In concluding, I am pleased to say that I am well on the road to recovery, and trust soon to be up North to see the old home town once again. Wishing yourself, your staff and readers the very best of health and luck.(We have carried out Lance-Corporal Postlethwaite’s commands. – Ed. W.S.)
—Workington Star and Harrington Guardian, Published 21 April 1916.