7. 8. 18.
(rec’ 15. 8. 18.)
(send out to Glad. to read & return)
My dear Father,
I suppose or hope if you have been able to get a seat in a train, that you are now at Lelant, and trust that you are getting a decent holiday. I find that I can use the telescope, you told me of, and if you will send it out you will have done a bit more to assist in strafing the Bosch. The Battalion is in the line, but I am out for a few days back in the Transport Lines, but will be going back in a day or two. There is plenty to do back here looking after the odds & ends we leave out of the line, drums transport & a number of men for
training in various duties. There are a number of shows, sports & competitions on as well and at the moment the war here seems very far away and quite a secondary matter. They say the Bosch is very quiet up in front & from what one hears of what is going on round Soissons, I don’t wonder. Somebody has discovered that most Battalions have acquired in the time they have been out here a limber or two more than they ought to have & I have shortly to sign a certificate to say that I have nothing more than I ought. Without committing perjury I shall find this a little difficult, but if they insist
on this ridiculous suggestion, perjured I shall be, but they don’t get my extra transport. However I may be able to evolve some other method of getting round the authorities. I find that Regular Officers have no qualms in such cases, but I take it more hardly.
I have no news