Dear Sister, [Jennie]
Just a few lines to let you know I am still well. Hope this will find you all the same. I got a letter from Cora yesterday and one on Sunday, too. She must be writing about twice a week now.
Had one from K. McIntyre the same day and today got one from Gertie. She was sick when she wrote it. I get one from her every week now.
I am not in the trenches just now. But out resting and believe me, we all feel like a rest.
We only get about 4 or 5 hours sleep a day while in there. And I never had any of my clothes off, not even my boots, for almost a week. They took us all down for a bath and change of under clothes today which I was very pleased to get. Then I went up town and got a big dinner of pork chops and eggs. That is the first time I had enough to eat since coming over here. We got paid today too. We get 30 Francs a month here which amounts to 6 dollars in Canadian money. However it is nearly all we can spend here. I find it easier money to handle that English. But they have English, French and Belgium money here. They will take any kind you feel like giving them.
Oct. 17, 1915
I got two letters from you this week and two from Gertie as well. The Canadian mail comes in
today. So perhaps I will get some more. There is very little to tell you today. If I were in the trenches I would be able to write a more interesting letter. I can hear the big guns roaring away from here. I'm just as close to them as I want to be. Now I believe I must close as I have to go down to the orderly room. So Bye Bye with love and best wishes to all.
Will now try and write you a few lines in my spare time. We are not in the trenches at present. But out resting for a few days. Don't suppose it will be long before we will be going back in again. I am not fussy about going back at all. This is a cold cloudy day. I wish the sun would come out and warm things up. I am sitting in the straw up in a hay loft writing this. My hands are blue with the cold. Would like a nice fire to sit beside.
From your brother, Martin