12 Jan 1916
My dear Mother
You will be about as surprised as I was to find that my month’s leave is an affair of the immediate future. I was sent for two days ago to sign on again and informed that it was desired that the special leave should be taken as early as possible. So I am booked to cross the Channel again on Sunday. You will guess that I am more than delighted.
I wrote last night to tell Rosie and also Kathleen. I can’t say yet till I have seen Rosie what my plans are; but I hope to come down to Badsey very soon after I reach England and to bring her with me. Very likely the first weekend after arrival.
I was delighted to hear from Rosie today that Jock is getting on wonderfully. The doctor who first attended him appears to have been unduly gloomy about his case. He seems to have said that the boy could not possibly live. Jock must have a fine constitution, for he is healing and recovering in a most amazing manner. It is only a matter of long rest and care now to effect a complete cure.
Shan’t write any more now. I hope to see you all soon. Order me good weather for my month.
Love to you all from