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Date: December 23rd 1918

Reading War Hosp.

Dec. 23rd 1918

Dear Mother :-

Quite a bit of Canadian mail this week but nothing from you. However there will be more along soon. The Xmas rush is on now and we get [?] of the work of decorating the wards etc. by being on night duty. We had a busy time this morning through shopping for the men. The Loyalist Chapter sent Mary and me each two pounds and I was [?] to buy cigars and cigarettes and Christmas crackers out of it also [?] a share towards the bins and coffee we are giving them when we wake them up in the morning. We have 15 patients so it takes a lot to go round. The night staff Xmas dinner is being held to-morrow night at 7 at [?] [?]. There are about 25 of us including Sisters, V.A.D.’s and [?] the [?] and the two last [?] will be present. We are allowed [?] of 2 hours so won’t come on duty till 10. We will just [?] [?] uniform. The day staff are having theirs on Thursday night at Park House. It is to be a fancy dress affair, I believe. On Monday night the 30th there is to be a dance for the [?] staff. I am coming off night duty that day, [?] also and as we are going up to town we won’t be here for it. I have 3 days leave (my November December January days off) so will probably do some shopping. I must get a new suit be-fore [?] comes on leave again. He expects to get leave early in the New Year. I hope it is the first of February as my contract here will be up then and I will be able to get away allright. I tried to send cards to everyone who gave me something when I came away but of course I may have left some out. I think I will keep this letter over till to-morrow night and add more to it then

Dec 26th 1918

Haven’t had a chance to add anything to this since we have been so busy. Tuesday night we had our Xmas dinner and had such a jolly time a nice dinner too – turkey, plum pudding, [?] fruit and candy. The tables were decorated so prettily too. We had a busy night on duty so we had to see that all the mens parcels and stockings were at their besides and then prepare for their early morning treat which consisted of coffee, cake, cigars, and Xmas crackers. The orderlies came around at 3 o’clock in the morning singing most beautiful carols. We had to have [?] and gave them coffee and cake, so we had a very busy night. I was so tired yesterday (Xmas day) that I slept from 9.30 in the morning till 6.30 in the evening. Got such a lovely parcel from the church to-day just like they sent the boys at the front I expect. It was from the Home Dept. Must write and thank them got two boxes from [?] one had a cake and little drop cakes, the other [?] for [?], Mary, myself [?] and [?]. [?] I will [?] [?] but [?] will have to go back to Canada. My [?] is a beautiful [?] [?] [?] [?] and [?] [?] [?]. It is the [?] for anything. Just what I wanted. You know Daphne did me the [?] in mauve and [?] cap and also have me a pair of satin slippers to match so I was thinking of getting a dressing gown of the same shade myself. I also got cards from Vivian Isabel Jack, [?] Campbell and Mary [?] and a letter from [?] [?] she said you hadn’t been very well lately and no I haven’t heard from you for two mails I am a bit worried. Do hope you are all right now. Got a letter from [?] this morning saying he was getting leave (two weeks) the 10th of January so I come right down to [?] and I am getting two weeks leave too. Will stay on nights duty till then as will probably stay in London a few days and then go to [?]. Would also like to go to Cambridge for a day and see [?] and Bumps. I cut your fruit cake last night and it was delicious. Well dear I must get some more letter written. I sent a little photo to the aunts also one to [?] Ed. Don’t over do it now. take things easy. We want to find you looking well when we all get home and it won’t be long now.

Ever so much love

From Nettie

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