3rd Australian Light Horse Regiment

Wednesday 25 April 1917 – letter from Fred Hollis

25th Apl 17

Dear Mrs Kentish

I was very pleased to get your letter of the 4th ulto [of last month] about a fortnight ago & to hear that my note from the boat had reached you safely. It was a disappointment to me in more than one way to be rushed off on such short notice & I had not time to pay any farewell visits at all. However, when one dons the khaki, one must get used to these little surprises & they soon become common, especially so at this end of the business.

Letters from home to the boys out here are more than welcome & mail day to most is just as welcome as pay-day. I have had three mails since arrival (about six or seven weeks) & have scored fairly well, altho’ no matter how many letters we get we always look for more.

The first night I arrived here I had the good fortune to meet Spencer & after that first fortnight have been camped only a few yards from him, so naturally we have had many a pleasant hour together.

Spence left for the Regiment this morning & was lucky enough to get a mail just before leaving. I think he said he scored five this time, three from home. He is A1 and pleased with the prospect of getting out with his old pals most of whom have been out there for some time.

I am enclosing a couple of snaps of a group of us old Laura boys in camp here, no doubt you will remember them.

I trust this finds you all in the best of health & wishing you all the best of good luck.

Kindest regards to you all.

Sincerely yours

Fred Hollis


Frank Burgess, Dave Lines & myself (Fred Hollis); Spence & Roy Hicks in front