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Both Sydney Hampton, and his brother, Corporal Walter John Hampton, reg. no. 651659, where Barnado Boys.
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Letter to Sydney Hampton’s friends:
No 53040. AA Q Staff. 18th Battn.
West-Sandling Camp. Hythe
August 16th 1915
It is so long since I wrote you a letter I am afraid that you will be thinking that I have forgotten you, but I couldn’t do that. George is quit [quite] well and we getting along fine. Do you know that William Fenton is with us? He is sitting at same table with and Is also busily engaged writing letters and wishes to be remembered to you. He is looking well and this life seems to agree with him, he is a fine fellow and gets along fine. He is in the Pioneers and sleeps in the same room with me. He and I went for a good walk around the country last Sunday and went to an old ancient church at night. We have very comfortable quarters here and think the army is alright.
We are very busy these days with Brigade training and maneuvers, last week with our Brigade (4th) had a sham fight with the 5th Brigade as our enemy. We outmaneuvered them after fighting hard all day.
Say it was splendid to see our artillery come into action. They came galloping up hard us with our guns and tenders, and when they reached the top of the hill they swing the guns into position, took the horses off and opened fire, and all done while you could say Jack Johnson. Oh this is the file and the real lif [life] too. I wish Walter were with us he would certainly enjoy this life.
We are soon going to begin divisional training and that means a trip across the channel to meet our friends the enemy[.] I hope only I get about half a dozen of the “Huns” before they get me. If I come back from this turn out I will come and see you but I intend of making my home in the west. I often dream of Canada, but alas I am awakened by the sharp notes on the bugle which tell us to get up and get busy. I do not think this war will last all winter, hope it doesn’t anyway.
How are the crops this year? We hear that you have had sme [some] violent storms lately. I hope that they have done you no damage. Kindly remember me to all the folks and let us know how you and the children are getting along.