30 Dec. 1916
My dear Mother-
Very many thanks for your letter. I’ve only just got it to-day. It has taken a whole week-! But the mails are bound to be a bit adrift these days I suppose – and the parcels!! heaps of people have not got things sent off at least a month ago! For instance I was sent some things for our show on Nov 4th! & I have never got them yet!
So Jim has gone – I could’nt have known before I suppose – because he was at the end of a wire to leave I suppose. Poor Sheina! but it will be ripping for her if she goes out later when Jim sees what it is like. So glad you had all the girls home for Christmas and it must have been ripping for those soldiers on Christmas day having such a good time.
I had quite a cheery Christmas, Tommy Drew & I have been dining together & one thing and another – there are 2 or 3 old Gloucester fellows quite close.
How simply lovely for Topher to have been transferred to Dick’s Regt – I bet he is pleased – in fact a good thing for both of them – is Topher going to get a commission soon.
I was thinking of all of you and opening the Dudmans’ presents! Rather a nice medal really – but I laughed of course – it’s a sort of memorial medal – bronze looking thing.
You seem to have had some pretty rotten weather down south by all accounts – up here it is lovely for this time of year – in fact to-day is the first rough day for a week or two.
I love that calendar you sent me – thank you awfully. With best love to you all – & happiest days in 1917-
Your ever loving son