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Date: April 17th 1917

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B.H. Cox 60th Battery C.F.A.
Whitley Camp
April, 17, 1917

My Dear Mabel,

Very many thanks for your letter which came along with Ina's about 2 weeks ago. You thought then, as I did myself, that we would be in France by this time, but you see here I am. Rumours this morning say that the whole of this Division is going to be left in England as a garrison unit. If this is true, I am certainly going try and transfer into something going across. We were inspected by the General, everything, harness etc. was shinning like silver. Oh! I forgot….CONGRATULATIONS to our American ALLIES. At last you've done the good deed and you didn't rush it, at that!!!

Thursday Night:

Just got back from Alldershott and am some tired. We have been shooting at the ranges all day (rifles). Has been a great day for it I went to my first dance in England last night. (I did go to one about a month ago, but wouldn't term it a dance). I went with one of our boys last night and met an awfully nice lot of girls.

Well, I must get this off to night and now have to write another. Give my love to Carl, Ina and all the family and lots of love and kisses for self.

From your affectionate brother,