February 10th, 1917

Dear Mum,

Just a few lines to let you know how I am getting on. I haven't got anything wrong with me at present. I suppose I will be out in a week or two. It has been pretty cold here this last month. It has never been above freezing point for about 5 weeks & everything is ice. The ground is just like iron. Big long icicles hanging to the rooves. If you put a dish of water out and leave it overnight you can get it out in the morning in a solid block. There is also any amount of snow, it's very pleasant. It ought to be getting warmer from the end of the month. The last letter I had was dated November. I got it about 6 weeks ago. You said you were sending a parcel but I haven't had any parcels yet. They would be very acceptable. I haven't seen Herb or Don, but I saw Les Green about the beginning of Dec. & he saw them going into the trenches for the first time. I think it would be a rude awaking to both of them especially as there was about 4 foot of mud everywhere. What sort of a season are you having. I don't think this little disturbance will be over before the beginning of the next winter. I think they sent Fritzy back in a bit if a hurry this spring & summer. We can expect a good few casualties before that though & a good many hop overs & the sooner we get in and finish it the better. Address my letters as usual to D. Coy 59th Battalion as I will be back there in a couple of weeks. I haven't got any news to tell so I will close hoping everybody is well.

I remain your aff son,