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Title: Thomas Hay, India to Bella M Smyth, Co-Tyrone
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileHay, Thomas/24
SenderHay, Thomas
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationsoldier
Sender Religionunknown
DestinationCastledamph, Co. Tyrone, N.Ireland
RecipientSmyth, Bella M.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained by Mr & Mrs J Smyth, Castledamph, Plumbridge, Co Tyrone, Castledamph@btinternet.com
ArchiveMr & Mrs J Smyth.
Doc. No.604052
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
Word Count577
Transcript[Front of envelope]
25 AP 38
8 - PM

From No 4102 C Squadron 11th (P.A.O.)
J Hoy

Miss B.M. Smyth

[Printed at Top]
From No 4102 C Squadran [Squadron?] 11th (P.A.O.)
T Hay

[Printed at Bottom]
ER Courtenay
Officer Commanding 11th (P.A.O.) Hussars.

[Back of envelope]
16 0
MY 16

[Written upside down]
May 17th

[Written on left]
Arrived May 17th

[Written at bottom]

[Letter 1]

[Page 1]


Dear Cousin
just a few more lines to
you and all my Dear Friends
in your part I suppose you are
thinking I have forgotten all
about you not writing for such
a long time but I have been
waiting for an answer from
Cousin James I have wrote

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twice too [to?] him but I have had
no news from him to tell you. Well
Cousin I suppose you all have
had a hard winter in Ireland
this year I hope it has not effected
[affected?] your part much. Dear
Cousin we have very hot weather
here now we turn out for the
field and exercise at four o'clock
in the morning and then we go
to stables for an hour and we
are finished our days work by
nine o'clock and after which we
are not allowed out of the

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bungalowes [bungalows?] until six
pm in the evening all we do during
the day is sleep reading knitting
socks shawls or anything to
pass the time away one day now
is like a week passing away
pestered with flies by day and
stung all over with mosquitos
nights nigger pulls the [punkers?]
to keep you cool. Dear Cousin
I only wish I was coming home in
a couple of years I have six
splendid talking parrots

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we can go out nesting here for them
so I could give you one but Dear
Cousin I suppose William and
Uncle is quite well by now and
I hope my Aunt is quite well
And all my other relations is [sic]
well everytime I look at your last letter
with the poetry in it about the tin
swords and scarlet pants I think.
I have a fresh letter from you but
you say you hope I shall
never get the better half in

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India but that shall never
pass just wait until I reach
castledamph again and give
some of my Dear little sweet-
hearts a nice kiss and a squeeze
wont I do the Irish Fling
then with you but I suppose you
will be married by that time
and doing well I hope but there
will be an Irish girl left for
me I think. Dear Cousin tell
Uncle James that I have been
trying to go through a cource

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of horse shoeing but I was too
late putting my application in
to the Commanding officer but
I shall try again next year I am
going through a course of young
horse man this hear but I am
looking forward to leaving
the army and if I can learn a
trade while I am here I shall
do soo [so?] breading [breeding?]
young horses in is no good [sic]
I have got my second class
certificate this week at school
as every fellow goes for schooling

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in this regiment
Dear Cousin I think I have
said all this [time?] hoping you
will excuse me not writing often
to you I have not been up too [to?]
the mark this last month or so but
I am hearty enough I have the Indian
fever now and again through the
week we are always allowed to
stay in when we get it, we call
it the dingy every soldier has
it more or less. I now conclude
hoping you are all strong and well
I remain your loving Cousin
T [Thomas?] Hay to B.M.
[Bella Margaret?] Smyth

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Give my best wishes to all from your little