Undated but post marked 30 Apr.18 field Post Office 233 [Censor’s stamp as before. Written on piece of squared paper from a field note book]
My dear old Elsie
Just a few lines to let you know I am fit and well still. Im afraid many of my recent letters to you have gone astray for I have written constantly but Im glad the handkerchiefs rolled up for I had quite given up hope of them ever reaching you. I wrote you a long letter at the same time the parcel was sent but that evidently is at the bottom of the sea. I wonder if my letter describing the recent fighting our here has ever reached you I miss old Urwick ever so much and hope he will soon get over his wound and be back with us
The men of the dear old Regiment are really magnificent wonderfully cheerful after all they have gone through lately – I think I told you in my last letter that the General had written us a note congratulating the Regiment on what it had done. My leave Im sorry to say is hung up for the time being – I cant tell you the reason just yet because it would be disclosing operation secrets but I must be patient a little longer and hope on. Im so glad you are fit but you keep cheerful and I really think the damned old war cant last many more months – the bloodshed in France just now is really awful.
Best love dear old girl
My dear old Elsie
Your last letter of Mar 14 came today and I thought I would send you a few lines right away to tell you I am all right.
I hope little Ronald will soon be quite well again and am glad to hear you are getting fat or fatter I should say. I dont know how you do on the restricted rations. The Colonel is back again but we are so much ‘in the fighting’ now that Im afraid my chances of leave at present are very small but I still hope it will be O.K. We are gradually closing in on Shekhem1 and the dear old Regiment is doing splendidly and adding fresh laurels almost every day. Fortunately up to now our casualties are not heavy but we are up against Germans2 now and its very strenuous campaigning in the mountainous country. We hear all sorts of rumours of great doings in France3 and I only hope & pray our wonderful army can hold out and kill & keep on killing Huns until they are bound to give in! It is really awful this waste of the worlds manhood. We are all excitement today for we have a big thing4 on in few hours time – it means a lot of work for me but I dont care a bit so long as the old 1/5th do well and lye no fear of that. The Pater writes very cheerful letters thank goodness and I had a very welcome letter today too from little Gretchen who is bursting with pride over Christine. I do hope my letters are reaching you. I have written quite a lot lately.
Well best love dear girl and loving thoughts always
1 now Nablus.
2 Liman von Sanders, German hero of the Turco/German defeat of the Allies at Gallipoli, had become C-in-C of the Turco/German army in Palestine on March 1st 1918.
3 The Ludendorff offensive in France had begun on March 31st.
4 Attack to secure the line Berukin-Arara-Rafat