Just a line to let you know that I am well. I will not endeavour to write a long letter because I am waiting to get a shave at a Coiffeur. It is a combination Estaminent & Coiffeur. It is Saturday night a cold & snowy night too. The Frenchmen are all dolled up in their best bib & tucker and are congregated here to talk & drink beer. Madame Jr. is sitting by the stove putting some fancywork on a baby's bonnet. Stan Jennings (you remember him? He used to live farther along the Street on the opposite side.) He is writing a letter on my left and Tinch is writing on my right.
Well I start again. I have just had a shave and a shampoo.
You will wonder where I am. Oh I'm on a course in Signalling back of the line. It is very interesting.
I received your boxes before I came away. I gave one to Will Stevens. He asked me to thank you, for him. We both appreciate them very much.
I'm going on leave again sometime soon. Steve & I are both going together to Aberdeen. We have a place to go to, a sister of one of the boys lives there.
Well Marie it is a minute or two to eight o'clock. Soldiers have to clear out of places where booze is sold by eight o'clock at night. So I'll close.
Give my love to Aunt Kate & Uncle Henry.
Sig. Joe G Sproule
8th Can M G Coy
B E F France