Todays letters are not yet up so I am just writing a few lines in advance. I was able to attend another book-keeping lesson this morning, the first for quite a long while. Our teachers’ papers are through and he expects to be going soon so I suppose our lessons on this subject will soon cease. I see by the papers that the Government is sitting on the question of the Army in occupation. I can see some of us going to Germany yet, I wouldn’t mind betting that some of the troops in England who have not yet been to France will have to come out and take their share in this work. I saw one of the Concert Party this morning and he says that the Electric light will be used tonight so our work will not have been in vain. Some of the boys are playing football in about four or five inches of snow. I guess it is some game and will join them and finish this letter later. I have just had a short game of footer and it was not cold at all but rather slippery, I went up once but didn’t hurt myself. There is only a French mail up today as I havn’t a letter from you. By the way I don’t care for that paper you sent me but of course I will finish it up. I have a fair amount of this kind here so I am alright for paper for a little while. I hope I don’t have to write home for any more. One of the boys had a letter which had come by air. It was French mail and had on it (“Par Avion”) By Air. Well I don’t think there is any more to write this time so will conclude,
With Fondest Love
from Yours Ever Will xxx
Yours to hand of the 20th inst received this evening. I will send you some more views of Tounai if you like them so. I do not think you as cheeky in asking me for some more views, you don’t ask me to do much for you and I like doing something. I don’t seem to be getting many letters from you lately and I havn’t received one mentioning anything about a puzzle yet. I suppose it has got lost. We have had a fairly heavy fall of snow this last two days and it is not very safe underfoot. This is rather a funny coloured ink it is certainly not black. I have asked Dad to get the Firm to write again and I hope he will I think it will hurry things up a bit. A few more chaps are being demobilised tomorrow. They all seem to be long service men. That song “Nearer my God to Thee” must be at home somewhere as Dad did not send it out. I have been going to tell you for some time that I have read “Paddy the next Best Thing” one of the boys had it sent out Christmas: it is not a bad tale. I do not feel impatient at all at the other boys going home although I want to go very much but I must take my turn when it comes. I feel in a very bad mood this evening and have nothing cheery to write so will close.
From Yours Ever Will xxx
Thanks very much for parcel received yesterday the mince pies were tres bon. The writing pad will do very nicely thank you. I don’t mind what paper it is as long as I can let you have a line occasionally. The “loofa” will be just the right size for me to pack up, for every little thing has its place in the pack. I think every soldier ought to be able to make a small parcel by now. I had my paper from the labour exchange yesterday from the firm. It is now in the Orderly Room and I hope I havn’t many weeks to wait before a vacancy comes through for my district. I have had to give up book keeping as I don’t have sufficient time to keep it up what with guards and playing at dances etc. I don’t think I will send the nib along now, it is not going so bad now and I hope it is not long before I am able to change it myself in Blighty. Well I don’t think there is any more to write about now so I conclude.
Fondest Love from
Yours Ever Will