In a dugout
Thurs. Aug 17th 1916
My dearest Mother
I received Father's letter yesterday just as the outgoing mail was being collected so I was unable to acknowledge it then, as I should like to have done. Anyhow it will make a base upon which to write today's letter to you, so perhaps it's a good thing after all that I didn't acknowledge it yesterday.
Well, long ere this reaches you I hope to be in camp again so although for a good many reasons I'd sooner stay here I know you will be glad to hear I'm not staying.
The blooming parcel ain't come yet but I guess they are keeping it at camp for me.
I'm so sorry you were so bad during Percy's visit. It must have been a great disappointment to you.
Glad to hear that August is proving for Father such an unprecedented one in the nature of business and I hope, as the months roll on to Xmas, business will increase proportionately. I dare say the good war news is having a great effect upon it. Eh!
My! What a lovely dinner you had last Sunday. My. I did enjoy reading the menu.
Will you please send me Percy's address at Canterbury? I have been unable to write to him because of his movements lately.
We've got one of those very heavy summer showers on now and it's getting quite cool.
Well I must close now so with best love,
Ever you loving boy.
Have you not received postcards (pictures) and a brooch? If you have please acknowledge.