B. E. F.
7. March 1919.
My dear Father,
Thanks for two letters. I paid off the
Civil Service Stores for tobacco & was rather
surprised to get another lot from them two
days ago. I put it down to delay in the post,
as such events happen sometimes, but evidently as
I did not cancel the order they [illegible] are
beginning again. If you are passing would
you mind telling them to stop it & I will send
them a cheque. I would send it now only
I don’t know if you will be able to stop the
I find that somehow your telescope has
been swopped for another — just as good but
not the same identical one. Probably it occurred
on a relief by another Battalion. However I
hope you will not mind the difference. The only
difficulty is that as the other is a Government
one, it will be the broad arrow.
I can do nothing about Edginton.
As a Prisoner of War, he was off my
strength from the 21st. March, and I am
absolutely in the dark about the movements
of men afterwards unless I happen to
hear of them privately. I am afraid that
he has died as a Prisoner of War, but
the only way is to find out from the
Tournai Cemetery is at the S. W. end of
the town next door to the Civilian Cemetery.
I have just come back from a tour
round Messines Kennel and Ypres.
Interesting but cold. I saw several
parts of the line from the Bosch point of
view, which I used to know rather better
from our own. The only inhabitants of
the area are Bosch prisoners.