|This letter is four foolscap pages in length, written on both sides, in a fountain pen using Indian Ink. The paper is that form of brittle parchment widely used at the time. As you can see, it does not reproduce well, mainly because Ross always used both sides of the paper. So I will not upload the full letter in each post, but rather provide access to the full letter in the RHS Page Gallery.|
This letter is marked by Ross as Westernport, Sunday 15th October 1939. It gives details of those whom he visited in his extended family during the trip to Sydney to enlist. So, I think it reasonable to assume this was his first letter to his mother since he left Brisbane. He mentions no details about his enlistment at HMAS Penguin, which reads as though it might be a security issue. But he does mention family:
Then he is quickly onto his impressions of the Crib Point facility. He sent home a dozen small photos taken in and around the naval training facility.