Sunday Oct 21st 1918
Dear Friend Mr Irwin
Just a line to let you no I received your letter O.K. & as we were going over the top that same morning at 4.30 I did not get a chance to read it till we gained our objective as it was 2 oclock in the morning when I got it & we could not light a candal so when we reached our objective I had four letters to read & I was anxious to no what was the news & take it from me I did not no whether I would come threw alive or not as my pals were talking along side me. But I put all my trust in the Lord & I came threw without a scratch & I always take the Lord for my Guide & I trust he shall Bring me back safe again to my home land. Well Mr Irwin I came threw the big [Censored] scrap & belive me it was a hot one for machine gun fire & old Fritzie sent a few of our boys to Blighty for the winter. But thank God he did not get me & I am spared to have another go at him again. I suppose the news is good over there now. Well we have him on the Run & its hard for the infantry to keep up to him. I guess we’ll shall have to keep our air O planes busy finding him ha ha. Well victory never look as close at hand as it looks to day & I think the rest of the days shall soon have threw with there job in France. Well I see by your letter alot of the young fellows are getting [?] up over there also. Well I hope there is one left for me when I go Back as I intend to settle down & lead a righteous life the rest of my days in this world as I sure have had all the fast & wild life I want to see to my sorrow. But as it is laid down in Black & white in the good Book that there is forgiveness I am looking forward to the test. Well I expect to go on leave in a short time. I shall have 12 months in on the 6th of November since I was in London last. Well as it is about time to fall on for church Service I shall close for this one. Hopping to hear from you soon again.
195475 pte. H.J. McMaster
Batt. D. Coy.
P.S. let me know iff my Brother landed there yet.