A.H. Woolley wrote to Jack in hospital expressed sympathy for his plight along with the hope that his injury might allow him to remain at home for the duration of the war. Jack recovered but had to wear a specially-made boot for the rest of his life.
July 23rd 1916
I was just starting on a journey here when your letter arrived or would have written sooner.
We are all distressed to hear that you have been so severely wounded, but it is good to know that the danger of losing your foot is now past.
We do hope that you will be able to get about without any lasting infirmity.
If it leaves you with just enough limp to keep you out of that Hell deliberately planned by the Hohenzollern devils & their associate fiends then your mother & father will not be altogether sorry that it is just as bad as it is.
I am delighted to know your health generally speaking is “splendid” & I can see that your spirits are just as good from the way you write. That’s the best of all lad!
Well we shall be right glad to see you back when you are fit & able but don’t be in too big a hurry. You’ll need to be patient I am sure with a foot like that when you need to get about. You are not exactly an “airy fairy” you know.
Mrs Woolley has been staying here for her health & I came for the weekend to fetch her home.
She joins with me in kindest regards & best wishes
A H. Woolley
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