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Date: August 7th 1917
Mother & Father


Dear Mother and Father

I will drop you a few lines to let you know that I am still enjoying the best of health and I hope this letter finds you both the same.

Well mother I expect you have been wondering why I have not been writing. To tell the truth I haven’t had a letter for over five months, so you see I’ve not had anything to remind me that it was my turn to write, but I will try and do better in the future.

It is raining here to-day for the first time for a long time as the weather as a rule is bright sunshine and very hot.

I suppose you seen in the paper that I was wounded on the fifth of May but nobody was more surprised than myself when I read it in the Victoria Colonist as I never was wounded and have no intention of getting hurt in any way if I can help it.

Roy Greer was over to see me about two weeks ago, he is looking fine but of course he has a pretty easy time of it as the teamesters in the Engineers don’t kill themselves with work at any time.

Tell Sis to write if she can find time as I would like to hear from her, just addres #790379 Pte A.J. Stretch 29th Batt’n Canadians France and I will be sure and get it.

There isn’t any news in this country, in fact there isn’t much of anything except fighting where we are and I can assure you from personal experience that there is lots of that.

How is everything in B.C.

I guess there isn’t much doing there now but maybe after the war is over it will be a lot better.

Well Mother I can’t think of anything more so will close for this time.

I remain ever
Your loving son

P.S. Tell dad he can send me some Durham and papers if he likes as I get tired of smoking the ready made ones all the time.

Pte A.J. Stretch
29th Battalion
care of army Post office

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