26 Aug 1916
My dear Father
Your last letter (11th Aug) is still unanswered, for I have been overmuch occupied recently for much writing. But now we are stationary again, though I expect one more move shortly. Our soft time is pretty well over and we may soon expect to be at it again.
I was glad to hear that you were able to make a kind of circular tour of visits to nearly all relatives, especially to Eynsford. The combination of Aunt Lizzie and Eastbourne is such a very pleasant one to enjoy. It is rather sad to think of summer slipping away and still no leave to be had. There are rumours of renewals about, but I don’t think there is any truth in them yet. I daresay some of the divisions who have been through the mill may be sending a few, but I think it will certainly necessary to make that payment in advance before anything is forthcoming. And probably there will be nothing doing at all until the final break of weather checks the intensity of the campaign.
Do people at home still continue to hold a fairly steady view of the course of operations? The papers indicate no great consternation at the size of the casualty lists. The happily low percentage of killed is a great set-off to the increased numbers and I expect that has no small effect on checking any tendency to panic. After the first splash, which must have been very costly, I imagine our losses have been nothing to worry about,
Give my love to all at home and tell Kath; I am going to write to her very soon.
Your affectionate son