Dear Emmie

In answer to yours of the 6th inst I think it has been waiting for me for about three days. I havn’t had a letter about a gun puzzle but perhaps it will turn up later. I also seem to be attending a lot of dances lately but of course I help with the music. I have just returned from Tournai, havn’t been back a half hour yet but I must catch the next post. There is a whist drive and dance this evening and of course I am in for that. There seem to be more men being demobilised lately we have had about 30 go this last week. You need not trouble about getting that book for me but if you happen to spot it anywhere you can send it on. There is not much to tell you about Tournai: I went to most of the places of importance there and it wasn’t so bad for a change. I saw Charlie Gibbs and went out with him for a couple of nights but he was taken bad with the flu (which he had already had a touch of) and is now in hospital. I happen to have a sore chest, must have caught cold somewhere but I don’t think that I am destined for hospital. Everything in Tournai is very dear: a piece of chocolate which the canteens sell for 1½d cost about 7½d in the shops. 3½d packets of cigarettes are being sold by the French for 1 franc. I had a supper of chips last night and for what I could get for ½d in England before the war I had to pay 1F for. I can certainly remember saying “I give in” to you after having had a tussle with you but I havn’t said that to anyone in the Army yet. Of course I havn’t had many scraps but I can stand my own with any man with one arm or such like. I don’t play a violin now it is all flute pumping etc. Glad to hear your uncle has turned over a new leaf. I suppose you say “c’est l’guerre”. I am sorry that I can’t turn over a new leaf as this is the last one of the pad. I don’t think the Govt have decided what to do yet with apprentices but I hope they jolly soon get a move on. Well I havn’t any more to write this time so will pack up.

With Fondest Love

From Yours Will xxx


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