F. Hammond letter 4 Apr 1916

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Dear Mar & Pa

Just a line to say I am OK just gogging along nice and quietly.  Still enjoy a bed with coffee at intervals.  The weather is more like summer in fact we are beginning to throw off muffs, mittens, flannels, fur coats and the like and look less like esquimaux – I heard and see from the picture papers that there was a heavy blizzard over England followed by another air raid glad that one of the Zepps was ticked off even the Daily Mail tried to be cheerful – I had a letter from Will the other day.  I suppose its shook a few of the married men up.  Still the more men we have the sooner it will be over & I think they have had a good rest & plenty of time to prepare.  Fancy it’s a year ago since first we made our way over here so we are quite old soldiers now.  I might possibly get leave this summer with a bit of luck.  Has Geo had any leave lately – when I came out here I thought I should be able to speak French but I fancy I’ve learn more Scotch than French.  There’s rather a good true tale.  A Jock was had up before the Colonel for a small offence.  The Col said – “Did you do so and so?”  Pte “Oui”  “Alright you will have 21 days C.B. compre”.  How’s my dog going on give him extra rations on the 15th to celebrate my 30 anne – Hope Gladys is filling that noddle of hers with plenty of compre & pulls her exam off with flying colours – I’ve not decided yet whether that button’s German or French.  I understand it’s German but the French also have some like it.  Well I think this is all for at present.  Hoping your all well just waiting for the Derbyles now to finish La Guerre for us.

Cheeroh  Gussie

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