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We were in & out of range of guns, or at least they do not bombard it, could if they wished of course, but a 4 mile thick forest between us and lines. Luckily very few troops here. It almost adjoins a larger village with 2 or 3 shops & we get papers regularly. Four cars are away 24 hrs. Rather a nuisance constantly being sent off for a day & night & all, adds to our expense.
This time I find it has cost me much more than last year for the same time, all sorts of little expenses, rather a nuisance. Being a volunteer is all very fine when you have lots of money, but when you haven’t it is not a great catch, however must rub along & wherever one was if it was peace it would cost. Being patriotic on a few hundred a year pay & being ditto almost at our own expense are two very different matters.
I wonder if Cassidy has been down to see you, I suppose she will remain on with Aunt M. Quite time you went to Coughton, Lilian will be delighted, make a good long stay. I suppose people are excited over Rumania coming in, useful no doubt, but I don’t suppose it will make much difference to duration of war if any. We all thought Italy’s coming in would do so, but after 15 months they have only just got to Gorizia a few miles inside Austrian territory & look like a full stop for a while now, & winter nearly on us again. I fear it is going to be a very long job yet. Will you ask the stores to post me a packet of Toilet paper, mine is giving out. One uses highways and hedges mostly in these places & it is handy to carry in ones pocket.
We do front line work here & have a good long sector to work. My “shover” goes home on 18 days leave on Monday, a very decent fellow & will be glad to have him back. We all get tired of this perpetual moving, but I trust all the same we will not be here for winter, not perhaps as cold as Vosges, but wet & damp & rather open. They are busy digging their potatoes.
Yr affect. Son