My Dear Mother:-
I think I will write you a few lines tonight while there is nothing much happening. It is rather cooler tonight and a coat feels quite comfortable. I received quite a few papers from you and Nellie today. They will keep me reading for a few days. Yesterday I was at the Elimination Sports for all Corps troops. As I expected, I was too much stiffened up to run in the three mile. I am sorry for I think could have qualified had I been training. Those that qualified go into a Training Camp until July 1st when the finals for winners from the Corps and each of the Divisions will take place.
I know where Fred C.'s battalion is located and think I will go up on Sunday and see if I can locate him. They are about twelve kilos from here but a fellow can generally catch a hitch and get a ride going both ways. We have had a few showers lately which make conditions somewhat better.
We were paid twenty five francs today and for some unaccountable reason I had a balance of five francs in my pocket from last pay. I must either be getting very frugal or else am losing the habit of spending.
Our new unit is fairly well organized now and I think it will be a very good branch of the service. A motor unit goes into action in cases of need only but when they do get into action they strike a hot corner. So while things are quiet you needn't worry much about me for I'll be reposing quite safely to the rear of the line. It will soon be harvest time here - some of the rye is already cut and some haying has been done.
Well, Mother, I haven't much to write about tonight. This is rather a poor letter. Will you send me a pair of gymnasium shoes, rubber soled and a gymnasium suit or light sweater as they come in very handy back here. With best wishes, I am