F Hammond letter 28 March 1916


Dear Mar & Pa

Just a line to say I am just gogging along nicely JA and still OK.  There is really nothing exciting to relate which usually means marking time.  The weather is very fickle just now.  One day it will sunshine the next it will snow all day & the next rain still old sol keeps trying to get the upper hand and already he peeps up quite early the birds joining in the chorus.

We possess a band in the Division now and are treated to music about twice a week.  We also possess a cinema show so you see we get some diversion from the monotony of trench warfare occasionally we have little straffs and the Bosche treat us to their Hymns of hate.  They usually pick Sunday as an especial day so we have begun to expect a little extra turn in fact that’s how we should know it was Dimanche day was it not for the civilian population donning their best black on and filling the estaminets with their cheap cigars.  I had a letter & small parcel from Gladys Grimshaw the other day.  She told me she was reading a book called the First Hundred Thousand strange to say I was doing the same.  It’s a fine book especially from our stand point as it was written by an officer in our Div & relates the life up to the end of the Loos affair.  If you get a chance read it.  (Staff Captain Beith 27th Inf) I hope you are all keeping well I might possibly get leave some time this summer some hopes – anyway some of the Div have started their second leave so there’s a possible – well I think this is all at present.  Oh it’s my birthday soon and I hear you are





Going to send me a parcel. What about one of Mar’s special cakes & pie would be relished.  I have friends to help me so long as you can get it in the oven don’t be afraid on us not being able to tackle it well bye bye for present





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