February 27th, 1918

Dear Mum,

Just a few lines to let you know how I am getting on. I will have to go back to box on with the Hun tomorrow so the leave is about up. I stopped in London all the time as I didn't care about wasting a couple of days traveling in trains all over the place. The main thing you come over fore a the spell. I sent a bit of a trinket for Jane the other day. I hope she gets it. It was registered so she ought to get it unless the boat goes down. The war doesn't look too much like ending for some time yet with Russia chucking up the sponge although they were never much good at the best of times. I think we will have a pretty willing spring & summer. Fritz will get one of the greatest shocks he ever got if he tackles anything on this front. Things are awful dear here you could buy more with 7 pounds in Melbourne than 30 pounds in London. London in nothing to write home about only it's size. Some of the streets in the east end are nearly as bad as Cairo or Alexandria. Not a tenth part as well laid out as Melbourne. No gardens to speak of and most of the streets running anywhere. Food is pretty scarce, at least I don't think it is so scarce but the people are only allowed to buy a certain amount. They all have to have ration cards & as they buy whatever they want it is stamped on the card. I think they are allowed 1 oz sugar per day & 1 1/2 lbs meat per week & other things the same. Fancy getting 1 oz sugar instead of 70 lb each time. We have had a grand winter up to date the days have been quite warm lately. In about another 6 weeks we ought to have spring. As this is all the news I can think of I will have to close. Hoping everybody is well.

I remain your aff son,