Mrs N. Coultis
R.R. No 3 Exeter
Dear Sis:- Just a few lines to assure you that I am well and having a fair time. Received your welcome box a few days ago. Also a letter. Mothers letter last night said that Margaret had a bad cold hope this finds her better I have not been sick a day this summer and feel great. Of course last winter used me up some but all effects of that has left me.
We are having a good a good time at present but cannot tell how long it will last we start drill at 730 AM and finish at 1230 then all after-noon to ourselves. There is an awfull racket down below the hill a special platoon are practicing going over the top just for show. the rifle grenades make a great noise. Fritz dropped a few shells away back near here a while ago. He can reach a long way back. Some of his guns can throw shells from 10 to 15 miles there came a long way. Clare did not last long over here it too bad "but things like that must be" as the old school reader said. We cannot expect victory without loss of life I must say I've been very lucky so far and hope to be until its over. Our Band is playing at present. It's a great camp where we are in a big beech bush on a hill. There is lots of sports for us so life is not so bad at this time of the year. I hope this finds you all well.
Mother said Grandad was not so well hope he gets well again. Well I must close now .
With Love From Earl