During WW2 my Uncle Lawrence (Mothers Brother) served in the British Army in Burma as I believe a sergeant.
He had not written home for some time.
My Grandmother started to become very concerned as did my Mother.
In the end my Grandmother writes to the Regimental HQ starting that she had heard nothing from her son and was becoming increasingly concerned as all her letters had gone unanswered.
Scene moves to the steaming humidity of the Burma Bush. Uncle Lawrence is summoned by no other than his Colonel.
"Sergeant! I have had a communication from Regimental HQ gthat your Mother is very worried as you have not written to her in sometime. For God's sake man pen her a line will you? HQ have better things to do than deal with your dear Mother!"
Uncle Lawrence write to my Grandmother along these lines
I am alright. I am eating well, sleeping well and fighting well. But not always in that order. You have no need to worry as they will let you know if I am dead.
Grandmother wrote back
Thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to write to me. We are alright here. Getting bombed, short on rations and sleeping in the Anderson shelter. Not always in that order. I fully appreciate that I will be notified of your demise should that occur. In fact I do not actually expect to receive a letter from you after you are dead,
However, whilst you are still alive and in between eating, sleeping and shooting Japs an occasional letter would be nice.
Sums up my family really!
"I would rather have a russet coated Captain who knows what he fights for and loves what he knows. Than he who calls himself a gentleman, and is but little else." Oliver Cromwell