No 9 General Hospital
My dear Mother
I thought I’d wait till I got back here before writing again. It’s disappointing to hear of so much illness at home. I got Kathleen’s letter today and it’s really quite depressing to find how seedy you nearly all are. I certainly think doctors seem to be needed more at home than here.
I came out of hospital this morning, and right glad I was to get away. Things are much as usual here and I don’t seem to be in any danger of overwork yet, that doesn’t seem to be the RAMC way.
I feel quite fit, went down to the town this afternoon to interview the barber and do a few things. I hadn’t heard of Cyril’s promotion, am very glad to hear of it. Men from the front tell that machine gun work is regarded as a soft job in some ways, ie the officer doing it can get away from the trench rather more than some of the others, people with mechanical turn of mind are chosen for it, as the machine can easily go wrong. I can quite imagine Cyril getting most keen on the work.
I shall really hope to hear of less illness amongst you all at home next time. Tell Mela I got her postcard, and send thanks for it, I hope she will soon pick up from the cold and get benefit from her holiday.
With much love
From your son Arthur