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Date: December 14th 1918

Battle War Hospital, Reading

Dec. 14 1918. 11.30


Dearest Mother,

The last letter I had from you was written Nov. 21st and I got it two or three days ago also one from Mrs. Mackay and Jean Sayre. Jean has been so good about writing us hear ach week turn about. Mrs. Mackay wrote me such a nice letter. She said they expected to go South after New Year’s but she would leave the house all ready in case we should come home before and that we could go right there, also hopes we will live in [?] and says they will have to find us a house somewhere or else make one. She also sent me a lovely Xmas box which contained a rose bath robe with slippers to match. Now how do you suppose she knew rose was my favorite color, and I needed a nice new bath robe too, as a matter of fact I had been on the look out for one in the shops here but didn’t like any of them. There was also a box of candy and 2 sweet little [?]. Did enjoy your letter so much. Hope you didn’t worry about me having the flu as I am feeling so well now in fact have gained 3 lbs. Had a letter from Stan a couple of days ago and he has had “flu” too poor boy. He seems very fond of Miss Alexander but I don’t think they are actually engaged yet although I wouldn’t be surprised if it come to something. She is very sweet looking and seemed very nice but I only saw her the once. She is awfully fond of Stanley and I expect that is the main thing. She is not very tall, blue eyes and fair hair something the type of [?] [?] in her pretty days only stronger looking. Not a [?] type of girl at all yet very [?] and [?]. I don’t know what you had better do with [?] cheque. You could send it over to me registered I [?} think and I could deposit it to my own account [?] as I always deposit [?] cheques in the bank here. It is quite a separate account from my “credit”. Wasn’t [?] [?] death tragic. They must be feeling dreadfully. I think I told you that while on night duty we [?] at different [?] but I never bothered giving you that address as we get all our mail at Park House. It is very cozy there and we get much better food. There are just 21 of us 14 V.A.D. and 7 Sisters. We are to have one Xmas dinner on Xmas Eve at 6 o’clock and instead of going on duty at 8 o’clock as we usually do we are to have an exemption of two hours so won’t go on duty till 10. Will write you all about it. [?] [?] was here to see [?] to-day. He sails to-morrow on the [?]


This letter didn’t get finished last night, but I have time to add a little to it now. This morning we had more Canadian mail and I get your letter of Dec. 1st also one from Hazel and another from Mrs. Mackay. She had just heard that I had the “flu” also that [?] hadn’t been well. They are leaving for the south the 31st. Said she hoped to see you before she went and she also said that if there is any chance of us getting out in February she and Mr. Mackay want [?] and me to join them in Florida for a while and that Mr. Mackay had written to [?] that night about it. Wouldn’t it be perfect but I’m afraid there is no chance of it as the Canadians expect to be in France sometime yet. It is very kind of them isn’t it, they  think it would do us both so much good and the rest would be just the thing for [?]. He is still in France of course, and says he feels much better and now that the fighting is over I am sure he’s [?] will be all right.  Hazel wrote that she had Jimmie back. I thought she would turn up there again I have heaps of letters to write so must try and get a few more done to-night. Bailey our V.A.D. friend must have landed at [?] in Halifax and gone right through by train. Too bad as I wanted you to see her. She was at my wedding you know. It [?] can’t get [?] leave in the New Year he is going to try for Paris leave and wants me to meet him over there. I would certainly love to see Paris so hope it can be arranged. Haven’t really any idea yet when I will get home, but in the spring I hope. Lots of love to you and father and take care of both your dear selves till we all get back


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