April 6, 1918
Received your two letters dated February 24th and March 4th the night before last and your two parcels containing chicken, coffee, maple butter, tobacco etc. last night, for all of which many thanks. That canned chicken certainly goes good. I don't know of anything you could send which would be more tasty. The maple butter was quite a treat also. It is something new. I have never seen it before. The Forest and Stream also was welcome. The tobacco we get over here is as they say rotten and a good pipeful of Forest and Stream tastes tres bon for a change. Mails are very slow now aren't they. We only get the Canadian mail once a fortnight instead of once the week as we used to before. I had a letter from Clemmie saying that they have been down to meet Bart when he arrived and had taken him to the house. Poor old Bart. I am glad he is home again. He certainly deserves it for he has done his bit if anybody has. There was no harder worker for the battery than Bart. Although our work has been different and we have not been so much together since coming to France as in Canada and Blighty yet we have always been the best of chums and probably no one in the battery knew him as well as I and I can say without hesitation that he was as white a man as I have ever met.
You ask about the square box containing Scotch cakes and fruit cookies. Yes I got it okay and wrote thanking you. Think some of my letters must have astray. Did I mention having seen Mr. Taylor a couple of weeks ago. Ran across him quite by chance and we
had a long talk over her old times. He is the same Mr. Taylor, and his roughing it on the mission fields in the West when a young man served him in good stead out here. He makes an ideal Padre for he understands human nature perfectly and knows the needs of the men under his charge. He is the same hard worker as ever always on the go and always thinking of someone else. You remember Temple McDonald who came across with us as captain and received the well merited promotion to major in charge of a battery since coming to France? He was hit a few days ago and lost a leg but they said he was going to recover. He took a bad turn however a couple of days after the amputation and finally died of his wound. It seems too bad for he was a splendid soldier and perfect gentleman. You have heard no doubt that Major Prowse has been promoted to Colonel
Well Mother I don't think there is any news. Still having it damp and disagreeable but are pretty comfortable again. All well.
Love to all from, Harold