My Dear Mother,
Well Mother I rec' your New Years parcel the other day and thank you very much for it. George and Arthur told me to thank you very much for the writstlets and knee cap. We were on the ranges all last week and expect to be there all this week. Last week we were up at five-thirty every morning but this week we go town in the afternoon and is nearly six o'clock when we get back. We get our lunch at eleven and eat it down on the ranges.
The muffler you sent was fine and the socks too. Each of us got a wollen scarf from the patriotic society at home. I will have to write to the Horrocks boys and thank them for the package of gum. I got a parcel from Mr and Mrs Leith the other day and a cake from Ernie McPhail. It was very thoughtful of him to think of sending it. He sent the other lads one each too.
I got several snapshots which we took when we were in the other hut and I am sending some home. The one with the beds in and marked is where Mac Woods and I sleep or used to when we were in the other hut. Has Father left for Vancouver yet? I suppose there is plenty of snow and good sleighing by this time.
Yesterday we were on parade nearly all day. We attended church parade in the morning and at ten-thirty we had to parade with full kilts on and again at one-thirty. We were on the parade grounds all day. We were supposed to have an inspection today but we were down on the ranges and so missed it. I think we are going to be moved away from the camp. Where to I don't know. We haven't had any rain for two or three days and the ground is beginning to get kind of dry. I haven't had a letter from Frank for some time but I guess he was busy at College around Christmas time. I haven't got that box of apples that Father sent now I guess I won't get them. Did you get that [?] that I sent in a letter a few days ago. Major Grassy who is in command of our battalion is very particular on inspection days. Our whole sack weighs about sixty pounds in all with our rifles but we [?] our pack down while on every day parade. The orderly Corp. just came in and told us that we have to parade at six-thirty [?] gratulate you on being made president of the patriotic society. I guess every body is busy working for the soldiers in Belmont. Well Mother this is all the news of this time. With love to all.
You Loving Son