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Date: December 8th 1917

France, Dec. 8 /17
Dear Lillian:

Your letters of Oct. 29 and Nov 8th received. They were only a few days apart. Thanks very much for the snaps. They are good. I have a pocket full now and I like looking over them. I wish I could take some snaps over here, but no one is allowed to have a camera.

I feel a little bit tired tonight. Today I had a walk of twelve or fourteen miles. My gas respirator was damaged and a bunch of us had to go to the gas school for new ones.

We are still out of the line and this is our third week in this town. Quite a long time for us to be in one place, but I wouldn't mind staying here until its time to go home. We are in the best billetts we have had since we left England.

The weather is still mild and we have the usual rain every day.

I've had only one letter from O'Donoghue since he reached England, but he was getting on alright. I intend to go see him if possible when I go over. I haven't seen Cecil for a long time. I think his battalion is in the line now.

There was a paragraph in this morning's paper about Richmond being wiped out. Hope it wasn't as serious as reported.

The people have just given us our goodnight cup of coffee so I suppose I'd better be off to bed. Never felt better.

Lovingly, Reg.

Sunday 8th

Have just heard that half of Halifax has been destroyed by explosion at Richmond. I'm worried about everyone at No. 30. Hope the damage didn't extend that far south.

R. G.

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