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Date: January 16th 1915

Machine Gun Section
11th Batt, Canadian Contingent
Bulford Camp Salisbury Plain

My dear Father

You must pardon me for my delay in writing you. I arrived quite safe some time ago after a fine passage, and none the worst of my short holiday.

I seen Doddie MacLean Carinish last Sunday he came all the way from Winnipeg with me and neither of us new it, also a fellow from Benbecula that I came across in the Hesperian going to Canada. There is quite a few fellows from Uist in the Contingent, but I am just as good here without the Uist Chaps. MacLean is getting along all right he is with the Cameron's. I expect hell be attached to the Cameron Highlanders when they leave for France. We don't know when were leaving yet but we are all ready, and living in the hopes that weel go soon and see what can we do in regards crushing the Germans. We have all our arms sharpened and everything in good order ready for the call.

We have quite a few cases of sickness in camp here, and a whole lot dieiing every week through different diseases.

I hope anyway that ill get through I would be a whole lot sooner get a bullet in my brain than die here in the mud. We are going to move from here to Barracks in Tidworth tomorrow, but when you answer this letter adress it to my present adress as ill get it wherever ill

We got paid yester day and am sending you the £2. For January hoping youll get it all right its only a small sum but anyway it will keep you a servant. I hope you will get hold of a good fellow in spring and that you will get on as well, and better than you would if wee was a home.

Mother I hope is keeping well and the rest of the household. Hoping to hear from you soon.

Your devoted son
21083 Ewen Nicholson