No 14 Stationary Hospital
April 6th 1916
My Dear Mother,
First a note to let you know I am feeling fit again. Have been here for 4 or 5 days now and was up yesterday for first time. It is surprising how weak one gets lying in bed. When I did get up yesterday I walked along the beach and when I got back I was quite glad to go to bed again. However today I felt a lot stronger. Was away for a long walk up on the cliffs this afternoon and have just returned and finished my cup of tea. So now I am going out again for a little airing before supper.
This is a very beautiful spot. It is just outside of Boulogne, France, and is used in peace times as a summer resort. There are quite a lot of fine houses and hotels here, but they are nearly all used as hospitals or homes for soldiers and nurses. Even the bath houses are used for soldiers now and we have about 100 of them in our own camp. Each one contains measles, typhoid or diphtheria or some such disease. It is such a grand spot. Right on the beach and so clean and healthy. When the air is clear as it is today we can see England in the distance.
I feel like a few days in England right now, so will try to get a pass over when I get thru with this place which ought to be about April 10. The treatment here is fine and the food is A1. We have either turkey or chicken every day for dinner. I should be feeling tip-top in a few days. The M. O. said he was going to give me a tonic, what for I don't know as I clean up every dish they put in front of me.
I have not had my mail this week and do not expect to get any until I get back home. So that if I get over to England I will not likely receive any for another two weeks. That is the only miserable feature about leave.
Will drop a line again in a few days and tell you how I am getting along. Lots of love for all the family and kind regards to Miss Smith and all the friends.