February 4th, 1918

Dear Mum,

I suppose you would get a bit of a shock when I sent for the 20 pounds. My pay book is away and I am due for leave to England and I wouldn't be able to get it for a while so I had to send for money. I have got about 30 pounds that I could draw in my pay book but I can't get it while my book is away. We are in the line at present. I am in a pretty fair job working with the engineers. It's just as dangerous but a lot more comfortable.It's a lot quieter now than it was a couple of months ago. I got the Xmas parcel about 2 weeks ago, everything was there in good order. I have had several letters up to now also 3 or 4 lots of papers. I would sooner have the rags than anything else. We have been having great weather for the last fortnight. No snow and the last few mornings there has been no frost. It's a lot different to last winter. So Les Green has got his discharge. The job he had over here would have done me for life as all his lot were on traffic well behind the line and pretty good times. I haven't heard from Snowy since. He will be able to spin some bloodthirsty yarns when he gets home. He was only over here a couple of months so he's not doing too bad. I will have 2 yrs in France in June. There is only about 9 or 10 of the old coy that came away from Egypt left all the others are either in Australia or finished. We haven't had a bad time take it all round this last 6 months we've been pretty lucky. Can Jane rattle out home sweet home on the piano yet. I guess the row for a start is worse than a wizz bang. Most of the men seem to think that the war is just about done and I think so myself.

I remain your aff son,