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Date: December 23rd 1917

Man. Reg Depot
Shorncliffe, Kent
Dec 23rd 17

Dear Mother,

I have just come back from town, having been out all day.

I started out after dinner, walked down the beach to Folkstone. I went to the swimming baths and had a dip. I then had a stroll around the harbour and watched the ships coming and going. I went up to the club and met one of the old boys out of the battalion, with whom I had my tea and went to church to hear some of the Christmas singing.

It has been bright all day which is quite a change. The fine weather has its drawbacks as it means air raids.

Syd is staying at the Imperial Hospital for Xmas so I did not bother about leave. I don't expect I should have got it anyway.

I am enclosing Mrs. Row's last letter which you will like to read. She does not want me to beat it this Christmas.

Love to all,

From Jack