Dearest Emmie

I hope you are alright as I hav’nt heard from you this week yet. I received the Book of papers this eek as I said in the other letter. We are still going on the same so there is nothing much to report. I havn’t heard from home now for a long time so I don’t trouble the postman much do I?

Yours to hand of the 27th ult just received with four other letters. The postman did not forget me this time. This letter has taken six days coming. The weather is a bit wet lately but quite warm. It was really too hot yesterday but has been raining almost without a break today. I dare say it will stop so as we can play retreat this evening.

Yes! Gen Foch is still doing well, I think this lot ill be over about this time next year at least we all hope so. I think “Jerry” is absolutely beat and he knows it. I don’t think it will be worth his while to go though the winter. There will be many more “cousin sammies” here by next year. I havn’t seen many because there’s nothing much doing here: they are only where the things are being done and they are making a good name for themselves; they beat the Prussian Guards the other day, I dare say you read about it in the paper. I have been dreaming a lot about home lately, the first time it has ever occurred in fact I was at work at the shop again. In this case I say “dreams very often come true”. I am sorry to hear that you have still a cold in your gum especially as it stops you enjoying yourself. I heard a selection of Chu Chin Chow on a band last night and it brought back to my memory the different scenes i.e. the Cobbler’s shop and the cobblers’ march into the cave etc. I would very much like to see it again if they have all new dresses. Ask my dad to get you the music he would be able to get it a little cheaper for you. Thanks very much for Mr Chapman’s address. I will write him as soon as possible. I am glad the organ is so near to being repaired. I will have to have some practice before I play in front of public again. I have been getting a little practice on the piano lately and it makes a difference too. I understand the the Paris leave is extra, he will get his Blighty leave later. I don’t think I would care for a leave there, I don’t know why, perhaps its because I don’t suppose we will be offered it. You make a mistake when you think that I will not answer your question, all I can sat is “Yes”. Well how is Mrs Lucea going on? I don’t know if Bert’s idea gives you any news does it. Please remember me to your Ma and Pa and the boys. The twins will be 17 this month, I hope they never encourage militaryism by joining if the war is over. I hear Les wants to join the Navy I don’t think a few years of that would hurt him although Mum doesn’t want him to go.

Well I will conclude now

With fondest love

From yours ever

Will

Xxx

Enclosed: paper cutting of “Buckshee” word.

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