"B" Co., 5th Batt.,
January 4, 1917
The Journal, Melfort,
Just a line to you and my old friends to let you know I am still alive and well and among the shells yet.
How is everything around Melfort? I get very little news these days and have forgotten what a paper looks like. I should very much like to hear all the news from somebody.
I suppose you know I was wounded on Sept. 26 last at the Somme. I had quite a hole in my right arm but I am pretty healthy and was back in six weeks. I also had a few cuts last March from a rifle grenade and was away eight or ten days.
There are very few of the fellows left that I came out with. Jack Pyett, Alf Mitchell, Jesse James and myself are about all of the Melfort boys.
I have been a machine gunner since last June. I was in the battalion section until a few days ago and I am with a company section now. It is interesting work and rather exciting at times.
We are a pretty lucky bunch. We came out for a rest before Christmas and are out yet and we are certainly enjoying it. The machine gun section had a banquet a few days before New Year's and we had a great time.
Well I suppose everything is froze up now and skating is in full swing. I wish I was back among the ice and snow. We have nothing but rain and mud here and it gets pretty cold at times and makes everything miserable in general. I hope the war will end soon and let us all get out of France.
Well I think I will close now, so good-bye, wishing you all a Happy and Prosperous New Year.