B. E. F.
9. 6. 1916.
My dear Father,
This letter should reach you on or about your birthday, so I wish you very many happy returns, & may your next one be spent under more peaceful conditions. There is no news & I have nothing to acknowledge to-day as the English post has failed. However I have heard from Cox & Co that they have sent you a cheque for the cost of the typewriter & I hope you have got it by now & that it is all right. The machine has also arrived & is very good & should suit its work admirably. I don’t think it is difficult to manage either. I spent the morning on a Court Martial & this afternoon watching an A. A. gun pooping off at a Bosch plane a long way off & making very good shooting too.
It is very sad about Kitchener & no one here would believe it, till confirmed 12 hours after we got the first rumour. However he had done the greater part of his job. I suppose you saw Loraine Pears’ name in the list the other day – C. M. G.
Things are very quiet here, though there are noises up Ypres way where they are still strafing. I shouldn’t be surprised if the Hun gets Wipers & I should be jolly glad if he did, if we’ve got to go up that way again, as it is a barren land. I see the Daily Mail talks about the 3rd battle of Wipers but to my mind its all running rot & the Hun has only pressed on his original advantage. I don’t see where he is to get the men for a big strafe. Yrs. Jack.