Dear Mother- Thank you most awfully for the cigarette case – it really is lovely and will be ever so useful.
We are fairly busy up here – what with one thing & another – ½ the fellows being on leave – but still it’s quite allright – but a most filthy place – one mass of mud everywhere – I am staying on board to-morrow and Sunday – because the married officers wanted to spend Christmas ashore – but I have arranged a Christmas lunch party – so shall be quite happy- I wonder if Mr Drew was down on Wednesday – or whether he got that wine – sickening he being appointed away – I shall miss him dreadfully–
I’m writing with the Dudmans’ present – a stylo – really quite useful – but I hate writing with them.
Well I hope you will all have a happy Christmas & I only wish I could be home with you-
With ever so much love to you all
Your ever loving son