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Date: April 3rd 1918
Reginald Gass

Bexhill on Sea
April 3, 1918

Dear Lilian:

I wrote Aunt Bessie yesterday so I shall probably tell you the same yarn.

Thank you very much for the box. Everything lovely especially the butter. I haven't tasted any for five or six months. I said several times that I received the sweater etc. so I guess some of my letters haven't reached you.

Sunday morning after church parade Karl Munro and I walked along the beach to Pevensey, about five miles. We had dinner there and came back early in the evening. Its a pretty little place and very quiet. There wasnt very much to see except an old castle that is in ruins. I think it was built before the time the Normans landed here. I was told that it was once the property of an ancestor of the gov. gen. of Canada. Just before we came to Pevensey we passed Normans Bay where they first landed. There are several old Martello towers along the shore and some of them still have the old guns mounted.

We had a football game this afternoon against one of the Air Service Cadet Schools. As usual, the C.T.S. came out on top.

Did Marjorie Bell come to a hospital here or one in France? I might see her sometime. I haven't seen Kingston since I came over and haven't been able to get his address. I thought of writing to Red Cross Information to find out where he is. Perhaps he will be in Bramshott when I go back there.

I've just received your letter of Feb 28 that you addressed to the N.S.R.D. there. Also two others this week, dated March 3 & 14.

Tomorrow is payday, and if we get enough I'm going to have some good snaps or photographs taken. The uniform I wear now is an officers, only I haven't any stars up.

You asked about my roommates. One is Tom Kirkwood of the 25th and the other is Bob Macgillvray of the 85th. He was in C. Coy and belongs to Halifax. He told me that one of his youngsters lost an eye in the explosion.

Miss Trefrys cousin, Capt. Crowell is adjutant of the 17th Reserve at Bramshott. We go there when we leave the C.T.S. He was with us for a while and was wounded last spring or summer.

The papers say that the Canadians have been moved South and are in the heavy fighting and I have been watching the casualty lists for names of my chums. The lists I see are always a few weeks old so I haven't seen any yet.

I've been in the lounge by the fire all the evening and have done a lot of writing. Notes and letters. I wrote home before this. We get a lunch in the mess every night and Im going down to see what is on. Its only coffee and a small cake or something usually, but it helps. and food is scarce over here. My cake will help out.



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