29, Gold Street, Saffron Walden. Christmas Eve. Dec. 24/ 14.
My Dear Father,
You were very kind indeed in offering to send us funds in case we need them any time; but enclosed you will find something that we are not short of by a long way & can afford most generously to send any amount to you (1).
I shall be very sorry if this letter and cheque gets too late for Christmas. I’m very much afraid already that it will. Well never mind, the good wishes will still hold good.
Your affec. son Bert.
(1) A Private’s Pay was Is. 1d (1 shilling & 1 penny) a day. By Christmas Bertie & Sydney should have received £5. 19 shillings each, since enlisting on Sept 4th. (Approx. £4 a day, £28 a week, in today’s money).