Halsey 6 January 1915

From HMS New Zealand

By Ian Fisher

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My Dear Father

Very many thanks to you and Mother for your letters of 3rd and 4th respectively, and I am very glad to hear a better account of your neuritis. Also many thanks for all your good wishes. We had a good dose of weather at sea in the New Year, however we have really had two good days on end and I have been able to get quite a smart coat of paint on, which was badly needed. Thanks very much for your congrats to Grace to whom I gave your message, and he wished me to thank you. I hope to keep Dudley North as Com di…

The Formidable disaster is very sad, but as you say we must expect these awful catastrophies, and I only trust that if my ship has to go it will be in a clean fight with another ship. But of course any ship may have the bad luck to bump a mine, which are spread in hundreds everywhere now and submarines are always on the lookout for us.

So glad the Christmas tree went off so well and I should have just loved to have been there. The Russians seem to have given the Turks a good hammering and are also doing very well again in Poland, but I agree with you that it is going to be a longer business than most people imagine. I have been ashore today for a two hour walk, which has done me a lot of good. One gets very mouldy on board day after day and the monotony is great.

Much love to you all at home and I trust this year may end well for us all and that we may have a great re-union.

Believe me your affectionate Son

Lional Halsey

D/EHL F61/27

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