This letter is from Fred's friend, Corporal Arthur Walton who was based at Thoresby in the 2/7th Leeds Rifles Battalion of the West Riding Regiment.
Cpl G A Walton
2520 D Coy 2/7 WRR
Just a few lines to let you know that I am still living & have not forgotten you although you might think I have.
I have been away at Babworth*1a for a week, but came back on Friday. There were about 20 Officers & NCO's went & we went for a course on bomb throwing, but we had to come back, waiting for material, so I don't know wether we shall go back there or not, I hope we do because we were having a fine time. We had a very heavy storm here about 4 o'clock on Sunday afternoon it only rained for about half an hour but the water ran over the road in one place. Well Fred I don't know wether I shall be coming home this week end or not I think we are only allowed 5 passes this week because one chap stayed over his leave this last weekend & that knocked us 15 off, so I look like having much chance this time. Are you having any holiday, this time we shall not be going to Morecambe at any rate, so if you go remember me to all at Mrs Lunn's that is if you lodge there. Well I will close now as it is getting dark & near post time give my respects to all enquiring friends & except the same yourself, I am Your Affect Friend