Dear Mother and Father
It has been so long since I wrote to you that I am afraid you will think that I have kicked the bucket but nothing like that has happened so far, for which I am truly thankful, in fact, I don’t think I ever felt better in my life, since I left Canada at any rate.
I arrived in Epsom about three days ago and expect to get my ten days hospital leave in about a week’s time. After that no one knows when, how, or where I will end up at.
I can not give you any idea just when I will be sent back to Canada it may be weeks and it may be months but I will try and let you know as soon as possible, as I sure wish I were there now.
I have not had a letter from anyone since about the 20th of Oct and I left France on the 14th of Nov. for England and so, I expect all my mail is following me around and never catching up. It was just the same at Vimy Ridge on the 9th of April 1917. I was reported missing, but was only slightly wounded, and I got no mail until the following July and then all in a bunch. I don’t suppose you knew that on Easter Monday I was up to my knees in mud and, going “over the top”, with the best of luck at 5:30 in the morning but even at that I have seen worse fighting that that since. The Donald W. Sean[?] chapter of the Daughters of the Empire sent me a parcel and as I was in England at the time my pal in the Battalion got it and he sent me the card and I thought it was very good of him as he was welcome twice over, [?] the parcel itself.
I will write to Sis some of the fine days and if you see her tell her hello for me and compliments of the season and tell her not to forget that prom[?] bust-up we will have when I arrive in Van. once more.
Well folks I will have to close for this time.
Wishing you every happiness and prospects for the new year.
I remain ever your loving son
P.S. I will not send you any address as I have no definite one at present