Thanks for yours of 16: received today. I am sorry to hear your wound is still troublesome necessitating an extension, but a bit extra leave will do you no harm & the rest ought to benefit you – though it may feel a bit boresome at times.
It is very tiring work this & so monotonous- & now with the smell, flies & bluebottles in the trenches, they are not very charming dwelling places. We shall be in these trenches for another 10 days & so with our time in support in trenches, we shall have done 20 days – quite like old times.
As usual plenty of rumours, I don’t think we are likely to be withdrawn, but I don’t think we shall do another winter campaign. I trust NOT, with the riff raff of B.M.P. we get as reinforcements.
Col. Ewing has another extension- Mainwaring & Lane also. Lumb is a fixture at Marseilles as C off. Base Depot- he is not very strong just yet. Clarke rejoined a day or two ago – so I am full of B.Cs & no GOs hardly
W H Drake Brockman