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Date: August 17th 1917
Sister Agnes

Somewhere in France
Aug. 17, 1917

Dear Sister and All,-

Just a few lines to let you know that I am getting along fine and have pulled through my operation splendid, so the doctors tell me. I think Father Omora wrote you the other day and told you the news of my misfortune in being wounded with shrapnel in the right leg. It had to be taken off about the knee. I have a great deal to be thankful for I can tell you Agnes, so do not worry about me. I am in hospital in France yet, but will be leaving for England any day now. In the course of a few months I will be home in Canada if all goes well, by the will of God. I know it must be a great shock to you, but I think it is all for the best. It was God's will or it would not have happened, don't you think so Aggie? I know you would think I was lucky if you could see some of the poor fellows here all shot to pieces. The Sisters use me fine here though, as do all the hospital staff. We had quite a few casualties in our batt., but they were mostly wounded. We went over the top after Fritz about 4:25 a.m., but he was up against Canadians and so he failed. The priest comes in to see me two or three times a day, so please don't worry about me, as he says I am getting on wonderfully. It is now August the 19th, 6 p.m. I don't know when I will go to England, but it will be any day now. You had better not write to me until you get my address from there, as it will not find me. I will write as often as I can, with love to all.

I remain your Son and Brother