June 21st, 1917

Dear Mum,

I suppose you expect more letters from me than you get but you can't always send letters. I got three letters from you and Jane yesterday and the latest was dated April 22nd. They were all April letters. We have been away from the line for about a week now but I think we will be going back in a few days. I heard Claude Newton got wounded again, he was dead lucky if he didn't get it too bad. I wonder how Maurice O'Meara got the D.C.M. He is in the 4th Div Signallers & they stop a long way behind the line. He might have been attached to the artillery & done good work. The country round where we are now looks grand where we are now, looks grand, everything nice & green. Nearly all the roads in France have trees planted no both sides & they look grand in summer but desolate in winter. Donny would be alright if he has got to a rest camp, but the worst of it is the rest camp doesn't last long. I guess Snowy would be able to tell some great tales, also a few good lies. He can expect a good lot to talk about for the next few months. One of my mates, one that I went into camp with & is in this coy has had 5 brothers killed over & he is the only one left. He comes from Trafalgar a chap named Bill Skinner. He is only just back after being wounded. I suppose you are in the middle of winter. It's a very different winter over here to the Australian winter. It looks as if the war will last another winter yet. They would have ended it the summer easily only for Russia. She's done nothing for about 12 months. I had several Weekly Times but only 2 rags in the last mail. The rags are the most acceptable. One of the Crowe boys (Bill) is in the same coy as myself, also one of the Johnston's from the Star. He used to work at Maizes, he seems a very decent chap. You always write about Pat but there is not one chance in a thousand, worse luck. I don't think there is much more I can write about. I will close hoping everybody is well.

I remain your aff son,