I think the damned old war cant last long

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
from Stan

Next letter May 24th 2018
These letters have been published as
Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
Twiga Books, ISBN 978 09528625 2 9 £9.50 + p&p
Available from http://twigabooks.co.uk/ or Amazon


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