B. E. F.
14. 7. 1916.
My dear Glad.
I am very sorry I have not been able to get back & see you before you go off but you know how things are & there is no regular leave going. Still you will only be away for a year & when you come back next time there will be no war & you won’t have to dodge Moewes no the high seas or snipers in Dublin. I will drink yours two healths in the bottle of Creme de Menthe which you have sent me, if there is any left on the 19th which I rather doubt so it may have to be whiskey after all. I hear to-day that they are going ahead well down South & they seem to be making a really good gap in the Bosch lines. They say that they have done with 75, 000 casualties what they expected to do with 150, 000, but this is probably a mere rumour. Since writing this I have had three letters from yourself C & O. for which many thanks. I don’t know why you say you have only 4 days more. but I suppose
you have to get your baggage off. I have been wandering round a big wood to-day to call on another of our Battalions, who seem to be very comfortable here. It was a very jolly walk through the wood with occasional shells bursting some little distance off but otherwise quite peaceful.
We have just had great news about the way things are going down south. Well good luck to you both.
Love from Jack.