The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake May 1917

Read by Nicholas Blatchley

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My dear Mammy

This will get you {sic} about the 12th I hope, so wish you very happy birthday & many more of them. May your next be in the prospering times of peace. I hope you are very fit & enjoying the fine spring weather in the garden.

There has been some rain here & now the country is getting green & beautiful… We are in camp in an orchard just outside a village, & it is very jolly & nice after the dust, dirt & noise we have been living in.

Have started another garden, chiefly for the exercise to be got out of digging. We handed our last garden in Arras to the new tenants; it was full of promise & should do well if it does not get destroyed.

My command is being cleaned up & made presentable; this is the first time I have had them all together & most of my time is spent in pretending to know all about military matters when I really know nothing. We shall probably jog along all right if “Tin hats” don’t come bothering round too much.

There is a great move on just now to get doctors & VAD nurses for France. I suppose Sittie’s hospitals will go on still, as I believe they are going to continue sending some wounded home.

Again wishing you many happy returns.

Best love

Y[ou]r affect[ionate] son



My dear Mammy

Have got leave & expect to be with you by the 3rd.

Best love

Y[ou]r affect[ionate] son



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