« I am trying to get you a piece of cloth of a German aeroplane », 1915

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Après ça, vous êtes autorisés à lire cette lettre du 4 novembre 1915, écrite par un soldat anglais à sa mère. Pas de panique, la transcription suit…

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Nov 4

Dear Mother,

Received your letter today and papers dated Oct 13 and as it was rainy and rather cold I was very glad to get them, as it helps pass away the time. The box that you shipped on Sep 23 got here the other day. It was in great shape, not a bit broken, and I don’t think it was opened. The cake and fudge was quite a treat and we all enjoyed it very much. The sweater fits fine and the socks could not be any better. I sent word to Joe Forbes and I guess he will come down for his parcel tonight.

The weather is getting bad, we have had a cold rain fall for the last 8 days and the mud is awful, and our shoes are not very good so we have to put up with a lot of wet feet. However, it is the infantry that are suffering, they have not near the comforts that the artillery have. I wish you could see them poor fellows going in the trenches on a dirty wet night and the life they have after they get there. They have no nice beds or any hot stoves to go to in the cold nights, they always have to be on their job. I think the infantry regiments are going to suffer terrible this winter, and no doubt they will lose more men by the wet and cold than by German bullets.

I was much surprised when I got your letter and heard of (Frances Murray’s ?) death.  I could hardly believe it, his people must of took it hard. Bob got a letter the same day. Fred Meehan was over to see us to-night and is looking good. I have seen nearly all the boys lately and are getting along fine. I guess Bert is still in England, he has never been in France yet.

I guess they are doing fairly well recruiting down there now. You said they had 160 men from Antigonish. That ain’t bad, but there is an awful file of fellows around there doing nothing that should enlist. What is wrong with (June Stewart’s ?) boys, there is enough of them to make a regiment? (* * * * *),  and no doubt he will have a good time.

I am trying to get you a piece of cloth of a German aeroplane that was brought down the other day, so if I get it I will send it next letter.

How is the home this fall, does it look as if it is going to be any warmer this winter? (* * * * *), and how is the old cow going to make out this winter?  You better get a blanket for her out of some of that money, and you better hire a woman to (*) for you during the winter as you have enough to do, and besides you might get up a death of cold in that old house, so don’t spare that $20.00 a month, take what ever you need.

I must close for now. We are well and feeling fine, also thanking you and the rest of you for the box.

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