Halsey 24 September 1914
From HMS New Zealand
By Ian Fisher
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My Dear Father,
Just one time to say I am very well and going strong and I hope to be able to send this today. I have as usual, no news I can tell you. What an awful catastrophy to the Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue, but of course we must expect these reverses and the worst of it is the Germans won’t come out and give us a chance of doing the same to them. I can only say that I think so far we have been most fortunate in not having had more of such calamities. Our weather has been very bad this last week, which has made it very uncomfortable and I fear the soldiers must have had an awful time if they have had the same. I am longing to get news of what has happened during the past week in France and what the Russians are doing. We all keep very well thank God and we are full of optimism for the future, but I fear it is going to be a very long business.
God bless you all at home and may he grant that we may all meet again
Ever your affectionate Son