4a. A family at war: George Higley's letter to his son, Private W.J. Higley ASC.
Letter to W.J. Higley from his father. [Archive reference: 5310/C/14]
Preston Street, Shrewsbury
Sunday evening, November 4th 1917
My dear Wilfred - I wish you very many happy returns of your birthday which will happen
before you receive this - I do hope that you will be happy at home before another comes around. We had your letter yesterday and so glad to know you are well. I hope you have received your shirts etc before this. Also look out for a leather waistcoat which I hope you have had before this. We all - that is - the girls and me - subscribed for it. Nellie found just the thing in a shop at Welshpool, so she sent it off - I think on Thursday - I do hope it will fit and keep you warm. Beatrice and Amy presented me with a nice little gold chain for my eye glasses - for my birthday - I must wear it only on Sundays, I have it on today. Cuthbert was over in the week. Agnes and their big boy are here also, till after the Christening which will be next Sunday here, after she is going to rooms at Shawbury. Emstrey Cuthbert was over a week ago for a few days, he will be going away again soon now, Albert is still in London, George will be married at Christmas. Am sorry the weather is so bad and I suppose the mud is awful by what I hear from some men on the news.