Original Letter


3rd November 1917

My Dearest Maidie:–

The mail has just arrived and I got one letter which will hold me one while. You were all alone on the 28th when you wrote me that letter and you wanted me. If there was ever any place where I wanted to be badly it was in that little bureau with you and your dogs and your fire on the 28th. There was the place – there is the place I should be – with you loving you and looking after you laughing with you and being amused by you. But I’m here, helas! Yioux Yioux is some kind of a dog and I think that his biting Marisot’s fleas is the supreme feat in love making. In the last camp we had a dog – a stray fox terrier – a female who had been led astray – erred – come to us for a day and a night. But evidently she didn’t consider the atmosphere healthy or conditions right for her threatened family because she left us. Florence was the name we gave her and she amused us for 24 hours.

To s’afternoon Turkey and I are taking a half holiday. We are going to town – only a mile away  and we are going to carouse on eggs and chips and beer. So the programme goes at present. We are shined up to the last notch and all on edge with the idea of a holiday. The town isn’t very big but that doesn’t matter and we do not need to be back until eight.

I never did tell you about all the grand clothes we got after our bath the day we moved. Two pairs of drawers two under shirts a Cardigan two pairs of socks and a shirt. All grand and new and the underwear is great not too heavy or woolly. Of course we had to pack it all but that didn’t matter – or doesn’t now.

Baby I love you to-day just as much as you love me. At least as much as I can and you know that is a very great deal. I am just wild about you Sweetheart and every bit of me just strains to be with you. You are perfect, Maidie Dear, and it was a black day when I left you. I am suffering for it now anyway.

If I can I shall write you again to-night but there may be lots to do when we come home.

with all my love, Sweetheart

Your own


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Reveille at 6.00 A.M. and Physical Training before breakfast. Usual training during the morning and L.A.R. and R.G. & bombing classes. Football matches in the afternoon. Band Concert in the afternoon...

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