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Letter – I have only just – August 31, 1914

My own dearest Hugh

I have only just got your letter. The first one through from Canada for such an age. I am so awfully glad you are really better and have got power back in your poor toes. I shall be delighted when you come, but oh dear, this is terrible carnage and I do hope it may be over by then. Our fleet has done splendidly and our army equally, but one thinks it a horrible quarrel, none of it our seeking. I have been so ill and now am trying to fit up again at St. Leonard’s. It is very hot but fine. There is a magnificent harvest, crops of fruit, which are a great help in this country. I wonder if a newspaper would get through to you now. I will try and send the Daily Mail Weekly Budget, but they told me they could not be sure of anything reaching, and the bank would not send your mother’s allowance so it is safely in the bank. Every day one has fresh deeds of heroism – the sailors behaving so generously to the German prisoners and such horrid accounts of them.

At North Dulwich, a stranger offered a lot them cigarettes. They thought how kind, and began to smoke but were all taken ill and had to go to hospital. There are lots of these stories and heaps of spies and their ugly ways. Tonight they say firing was heard at Dover. It is my thought our ships were pounding on the French coast but it remains to be seen.

My own dear, this is only on the chance of getting to you.Yr dearly loving Gran. I have had such awfully nice letters from you.



Letter – We are in Plymouth waiting – October 16, 1914

C O E F T C Tunisian

Dear Gran

We are in Plymouth waiting to be disembarked. I enclose Bunny’s letter. We may be able to get leave. If we possibly can, I will slip into London to see you by the first train. They do not know where we will go, but Salisbury Plain is a company ground.

The 13th Btn are on the Ruthenia next to us and were half starved coming over so they say, but I think they were natural horn huffers and had more than they deserved. I will write as soon as the next mail goes. Write to me the 2nd Co., 3rd Batt, 1st brigade Can. Contingent.

Your loving Hugh.



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