A letter home from Alex Gebbie, Neilston: June 27, 1915

Dear mother,

You will think I am getting careless by not writing as regular. But it is not my fault I have letters in my pocket six days and can’t get them away.

As you can see, we had it pretty hard where we are. Now it’s very quiet, so I think I shall manage to get a bit of a rest. Don’t worry yourself, for I am not downhearted yet. I have got over the loss of Herbert and I have found another chum in John Rankin, who also comes from Neilston.

Barrhead News: Soldiers from local regiment the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders are pictured leaving for the trenches in France on May 1, 1915

I received your welcome parcel and the glow heater will come in very handy as we are not always allowed to light fires in the trenches as the smoke is apt to draw shell fire.

I see you did not manage to get the malted milk tablets. I think this hardship has been for my good. If I am spared to come home, it will learn me what it is to have a good home.

I always wanted adventures but I think I have had my fill of them. It is one thing to read about adventures and another to experience them.

I think this is all at present. Hoping you are all well at home, as I am quite well myself.

I remain your loving son, Alex.