I have been awarded the Croix de Guerre

dated Nov 19 1918
no address

My dear old Elsie
You will I know be pleased to hear I have been awarded the Croix de Guerre – I was so surprised late last night to get the following wire “Capt. Goodland MC 1/5 Bn SLI awarded Croix de Guerre – Permission to wear decoration granted  Commander in Chief sends congratulations also Divisional Commander”
So dear girl lve got a memento of the Palestine Campaign as well as the Mespot one and as I can also wear the 1915 star Im getting quite a breast full of ribbons – so Im very gratified. When the news arrived most of the officers were in bed but they all turned out (the Colonel included in pyjamas) and we made merry in the Mess until the small hours – it was a great time & everyone was very kind about it. lve got back from Haifa all right – of course all my plans were futile for instead of going to Haifa for the winter we are going down to Egypt – probably in the neighbourhood of Cairo – of course when I was sent away no one realized the situation would have changed so quickly Isnt it simply grand how well the old Country has come out of the gigantic struggle and I am such a proud soldier now – I found my old Regiment had got back to the Ramleh neighbourhood- and now we are only waiting until the trains can take us back across the Canal – a matter of two weeks or so, I cant tell how long it will be before I am sailing home but Im afraid it will be some months before the Regiment is demobilized and I have a busy time in front of me. But I am rested now and quite fit and fat again and very cheerful
No letter from you dear girl since I last wrote I am looking forward to your  next so much – I hope Mrs. Brown is better and with you once again
Best love dear girl and all good wishes
from Stan

Next letter Dec 3rd 2018

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Engaged in War – the Letters of Stanley Goodland 1914 – 1919
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I have had a letter from you at last dear girl

dated Nov 4th. 1918
no address

My dear old Elsie
I have had a letter from you at last dear girl dated 24th. Sept – I hope some of mine have reached you too – Isnt the war going gloriously well for us! I am so excited and feel sure it will all be over before we are very much older I am still at Haifa doing my Divisional job but I hear all plans are altered now and I quite think the Division will go down the line instead of up – it would be nice to get down to Alex or some civilised place for the bad weather. We are all wondering so much what will happen – apparently with so many Americans coming over they do not need us in France – I somehow feel my fighting is over and candidly I am mighty pleased. I am sorry Mrs. Brown is ill again but hope all will go well for her – you must be having your hands full and I hope they will allow you a bit more coal now times are brighter for us! I hate being away from the Regiment but the Colonel is very good and keeps me posted up with everything that goes on – it will be a fine thing when the hot weather goes – youve no idea what an enormous amount of sickness there is out here just now! I am so much looking forward to some more letters from you – now the submarines must go from the Mediterranean there should be no delay.
Best love dear girl and I hope your rheumatics are quite better
from Stan

Next letter Nov 19th 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
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