7. 9. 18.
My dear Mother,
Many thanks for your last letter and for others from Father & the three gals. Also for some magazines from C & O. The news seems very good & it is extraordinary that I see in to-night’s wire that they are to-day in the village ^ into which we used to go back from the trenches for our 3 or 4 days ^ rest last spring. By the time you get this letter I expect they will be up in our old front line against the Hindenburg Line in that area.
I see that the papers are talking a lot about the capture of Lens, but I have seen no reports that we are actually in the place. It is right down in a hollow anyhow & of no earthly use to anyone except Editors However it is a useful tag on which to hang their demonstrations. I hope however they will not ring joybells when it is taken, as we shall promptly be kicked out, if they do.
Things are very quiet where we are & I am very much afraid that the Bosch will start retreating in which case our present comfort will be seriously compromised particularly as he is certain to blow up all his dug-outs & fill the rest with booby traps and gas before he goes back, & we shall have to live neath the canopy of heaven. I hate that sort of life which seems to me about the worst havoc of war & it always rains under those conditions
We are out of the line at the moment & have a very comfortable headquarters in a place which has been kept constantly repaired, so that if there weren’t a few guns stuck about all round & one particularly noisy one about 200 yards off, the war might be very distant.
Love to all