‘Ain’t it marvellous’: promotion for Percy

Percy Spencer finally got his transfer – technically a discharge so he could re-enlist as an NCO in the London Territorial Regiment to which he had been informally attached for months just in time to go to the front:

Silverdale
Belmont Hill
St Albans
[Postcard postmarked 9 March 1915, sent to Miss F Spencer, Kemsworth, Belmont Park Av., Maidenhead]

Dear Florentia

Probably we shall not be going for a few days yet, so send me a few of the photos here, will you.

I’ll try and pack up my things here, & perhaps Gil [younger brother Gilbert, an art student] will come over and see about their despatch.

The War Office has granted my discharge – in fact I’m out of the army – tonight at 7 p.m. I shall be Private Spencer, & at 7.1. p.m. Sergeant Spencer, not Lance Sergeant – ain’t it marvellous!…

Yours ever
Percy

Letter from Percy Spencer to his sister Florence (D/EZ177/7/4/8)

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