16th April 1916
My dear Mela
So our poor old Cyril has again been wounded. I do hope he may be able to send us a wire himself in a day or two giving us more particulars and if only it is a light wound and goes on well, we shall really feel relieved that he will be out of reach of further damage for a while, for I am afraid there will be some terrible fighting again before General Townshend can be relieved. I do wonder where he will be sent to hospital, whether to Bombay. I am hoping that we may get another letter from him before long telling us that he has had some mails, for if none had reached him before he was wounded, it might be a very long time before he get any. I see that Mr Rawle who shared Cyril’s cabin going out has been killed, also a Captain Dobson and Captain Hiscoke who I believe are in his Battalion. It is rather tiresome that they don’t put the Battalion now in the lists. I hope you are keeping pretty well dear and beginning to feel stronger. We have had a nasty wet day and I have not been able to get any air yesterday. May and Kathleen took me quite a good way in the old Bath chair from the Vicarage. May goes off on Wednesday to Budleigh Salterton. I am glad she is going to have a proper holiday this time, it will do her good.
Jack is coming home on Thursday, he is able to have Saturday as holiday provided he makes up so many hours work at other times, so he will get quite a nice little break, enough to do him some good. Dr Leslie is teaching me some wonderful exercises which the girls have to do with me night and morning and which are supposed to strengthen the hear. I hope they will have the desired effect, for at present I can do next to nothing. I can’t get on with my letter so shall have to stop, it will soon be my bedtime.
With much love from us all, hoping we may soon get some good news about Cyril.
Eugénie N Sladden