Alf Smith letter concluded 23 October 1917

Oct 20th 17

Dear Father

I will now write you a few lines although it will have to be short, but no doubt you are beginning to wonder why you have not heard from me before only whis-bangs in other words field cards.
Well I must start off by thanking you very much for the 10/- note received safely it is very good of you to send it as there is plenty one can buy such as fried eggs & chips &c which are tres bon for little mary. The good old Pictorial arrived yesterday.
We have been on the move lately & at the present time are sitting at a railway siding waiting for another cattle truck ride not a joy ride that will come later when we cross the Channel; but I expect we shall settle down somewhere & I will then write you a longer letter.
It is getting very wintry now there has been a lot of rain but to-day has been quite hot & bright again.
I had a letter from Ciss am glad you have been there to stay for a time it makes a nice change I heard from Albert & he said he will be moving shortly have you seen the alterations they have been making there.
Well I think I must finish now glad to say I am A1. Hoping you are all in the best of health.
With much love from
Your devoted

Oct 23rd

Dear Father,
As you see by the above I have not been able to post this letter before.
I am now in a rest camp came here this afternoon as I am feeling rather run down nothing much the matter; but it is no use to write as I only expect to be here for a few days I will let you have another letter soon.

Au revoir for the present.