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Date: October 8th 1917
Keith Winterbottom - (brother)
Sydney Winterbottom

France Petit Vimy
Oct. 8, 1917

Dear Keith:

Thanks ever so much for your letter of the ninth of Sept.

The wages must certainly be high at home these days. I hope you get your share of them, old boy.

Would it not be jake if you could once more work up on the ranch? I wouldn’t mind spending the remainder of my time up that valley.

The other day we were speaking to Wilfred Duck. He is a battalion scout in the 54th battn. His brother Rupert was shot in the hand and has been some months in “Blighty” so he is all right.

Your letter said that maybe I had forgotten what it was to listen to the silence. I haven’t forgotten by a long shot believe me. There is nothing more jake than sitting by some little stream and listen to it. Out here you seldom see streams only mud and dirty water. Of course we naturally see the worst side of everything. No doubt there are many hundreds of pretty spots elsewhere. Winter with rain and mud has now set in.

Norman Goudy is now a flight captain so is getting up in the world.

Your flashlight will come in very handily out here. Thanks every so much for thinking of buying it. The beaver must be increasing more than ever. I have never yet seen a wild one. I’ve heard that the tail makes a great eating dish.

That log cabin suits me about getting married?

Write soon, you bonehead,
Your loving brother,


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