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Date: October 13th 1917
David Hinksman


Private David Hinksman Expresses This View in Writing to His Mother.
Dear Mother,- I am now taking greatest pleasure in writing you these few lines, hoping you are in the best of health, and also father. I ought to have wrote father some time ago. Willie is still in the best of health, and coming on fine and dandy. Jack is the same, but I have not seen Will or Jack to speak to, but I get a letter from them quite often. The reason I never wrote for so long is this, they are trying to make the Canadians take Lens. I have been in the lines 36 days out of 40 now. We have been out at the Chateau de la Hall for three days rest, and I think they are going to send us in to go in the big push to take Lens. But they can do what they like, they can't get my goat. I may get a leave to Paris, but I would sooner get leave to go and see me cousin at Carlsruhe. But everybody says that has had a leave to Paris there is nothing like it. I put in some time at Vimy Ridge last winter. But I think it is going to last out another winter. If you see any young men going about that place they call Nanaimo, this is the place for them. We are getting short-handed out here. Give Bill Richardson and Dan Blood and all the rest of my chums my best regards.

With the very best love.

From your son,