October 26th, 1917

Dear Mum,

Just a few lines as the mail will close in about 10 minutes. We have just had 10 days in the roughest part of the line & we caught it pretty hot. I had a pretty close shave myself. I was buried for about an hour. A shell burst right on top of the trench & blew everything on top of me. It was a bit too close for my liking. We will be going up again in another couple of days. I see where Pat has been reported killed. I knew that was what had happened. However he died game. He wouldn't feel it.