Halsey 3rd May 1915

From HMS New Zealand

By Ian Fisher

My Dear Father,

I daresay you will think I have been very remiss in not having written lately, but I have been very busy. I have got a letter of 23rd to thank you for with two cuttings enclosed. The picture in the Calgary paper, as you say, is not a good one. There is a great deal of fighting going on now both in Flanders and the Dardanelles and I fear we have to face most terrible casualty lists now. However one must expect it in this stupendous struggle and we cannot expect to end the business without them. As far as we are concerned we have had a very slack week, but of course always expecting to be doing something and we never know what the next hour may produce.

It was sad about Cecily D. S. I was so glad to hear that both Walter and Marney have arrived at heir destinations all right and I trust that they may do all required of them and return in safety. I heard from Mother and Gavin on Friday and I telephoned to them that afternoon, but Gavin was out. They have an Idea of going to Edinburgh about 18th for 2 or 3 days on the chance of seeing me and needless to say I should love it and only hope I am handy as it would be too disgusting to miss them. I get very good news from Coog and she is cogitating coming to Edinburg about 28th for 10 days or a fortnight. Some people called Graham Watson have asked her and both children. Please thank Fyfie for her letter. My best to you all at Gaddesden, Believe me ever,

Your very affectionate Son

Lionel Halsey

D/EHL F61/36

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