Aug. 1, 1915
Dear Sister, [ Cora ]
As I have a little time I will write you a few lines. It is not very often that I get much time around here, only on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. I wrote four letters yesterday and this is about six today. I have only had one letter from you yet, and I have written you about 3 or 4. Some of you people over there think that is all I have to do is write. This has been a very hot day here and to my surprise, it hasn't rained yet. It rains here every day now. I get soaked to the skin some times and my blankets get wet too and I have to sleep in them that way.
I was down to Dover yesterday afternoon for a while. I could see the coast of France from there. It is only 21 miles from Dover. I don't very often go down town, only on Saturdays as it is very unhandy in getting back and forth. I tried to get going to Ireland with a chum of mine but they turned my pass down as there was too many ahead of me. I am going to get a pass to either Scotland or Ireland before I leave here. I am also going up to London some weekend for a trip. We have finished our shooting practices and are learning bomb throwing and hand grenades. We can make the bombs ourselves out of a tin can, gun cotton, a piece of rag and some pieces of scrap iron. Paper is scarce here so will have to use the other side.
I don't know how long [we] will be here yet, some think a month or so. Some say we are going to the Dardanelles. I hope we do as it will be warmer than France if we have to put in the winter. Yesterday was your birthday, was it not? I suppose you had a little party. Mine is pretty soon now. How are all the McIntyre's and Scott's and McKinnon's? Remember me to them all. Tell Jennie to write and Jessie. I don't suppose Flossie has got married. I think it is nearly time she was or she will be an old maid. Did your people have a picnic this year?Now I must close as I want to write Jim yet and when I get that finished, it will be time to go back to camp.
I will close with love to all from your brother,
Address: Pte M. Dand
B. Coy 28 Battalion
6 Brigade Otterpool, Kent, Eng.
P.S. Tell Andy to write if you see him.
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