Well I am getting settled down to my new life now and am in a mess of eight other officers jolly good chaps.
As officers we do not have to work but we cook our own food and wash our own clothes which takes up a lot of our time—I am hoping to study “Flour Milling” which may come in useful after this lot is over. Must take this opportunity of wishing you Mother many Happy Returns of Your Birthday please buy yourself a present with the money which is in my wallet. Now some of the things I need rather badly—Shaving Kit—Tooth Paste—Towels and clothing. I leave the latter items to you. I landed up with nothing. Shirts, attached collars—hair brush & comb, soap, mirror, pyjamas, housewife braces, nail scissors. I am lucky in that I had three pullovers on but a polar neck is useful. Will continue on P.C. Give my kind regards to Mr & Mrs Turton. My love to you all
Lisle, John, Letter, 23 March 1943