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Date: November 28th 1915
Dad - (Arthur Winterbottom)
Sydney Winterbottom

Connaught Barracks
Nanaimo B.C.
Nov. 28, 1915

Dear Dad

Thanks for your letter I received on my birthday in hospital. They took us out on rides in the rain without our big coats. After putting us through troop drill they ended up by a five mile ride in the country. I came back and went into the hospital with an internal chill. I was deuce of glad to get all the letters as I was feeling pretty downhearted.

By gum though I miss Harry and Frank and now feel I should have joined them. I got a letter from Harry while on the train. He said that he wished I was there and that three would have just fitted in well in his particular part of the car.

I am awfully sorry I can’t get back for some hunting I had looked forward to this for a good many years and feel pretty cut up about it. I hope however, old man, that you will make every effort to go. Take out Keith and let the cares chase themselves.

I guess you find work a pretty scarce article these days. I wish you could join the C.M.R. There is many a man I could show you here who will never see fifty again. Besides I know you can make more this way than around Kamloops,

I have learned to play cribbage since I have been in hospital so we can enjoy some games when I come home for Christmas. For some marvelous wonder it is trying to snow today. Ever since my arrival here is has done nothing but rain, rain, rain. I am sick of the look of the dashed stuff and will be glad to leave here for good.

Helen wrote and told me she was in a picture show when Alfred Wain (you remember him in the Clemento Drug Co.) came up and spoke to her. Wain joined the Army Medical Core just before I left Vernon.

With lots of love from a homesick kid
Your loving son

[postscript added to top of last page:]
I am now out of hospital As I have a lot of letters to write, please tell others I will write them shortly.

[postscript added to top of first page:]
P.S. Please old man don’t send me any present as I know money is pretty scarce

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