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Date: January 5th 1917
Helen Winterbottom - (sister)
Sydney Winterbottom

France ...Souchez
Jan. 5, 1917

Dear Helen:

Thanks so much for the socks you sent me. I just received your letter saying you had received the silk apron I sent you. I don't know if you will ever have an occasion to wear it but it was all I could afford.

Gee. though, there are some dandy silkwork things over here and they are fairly cheap. (please excuse this scibble as a bunch of the fellows are making an awful row singing songs.)

To-morrow we have our Xmas spread- turkey, plum pudding, ect (sic) Gee, though old kid I hope all us us can have our Xmas dinner home next year.

Aunt Fanny and Ursie sent me a big parcel of good eats. Also I was delighted to get another big parcel from Molly and Trixie Dandy. I haven't heard from Trixie for months although she owed me three letters so I felt amply rewarded by Molly and her nice parcel. I'll write to thank them soon. Meanwhile I wish you would tell her how pleased I was to receive the parcel if you see her, eh?

I hope you wallop those 2 six footers into shape. I would like to give you a hand myself. Write and tell me how the Xmas closing went off will you. Will write again soon.

With love to all,
your loving brother,


[Editor’s note: Transcription provided by collection donor.]