The Letters of Arthur Martin-Leake November 1917
Read by Nicholas Blatchley
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My dear Mammy
In your last you say you are having fine winter weather; we have had it rather cold here but misty & damp. Nearly all the leaves are off the trees & the country looks very wintery. We remain in the same part & hope to stop here for the winter. We are quite comfortable & have good stabling for our horses. I am living in a tent but have made it comfortable with floor boards & a small stove, so am quite well off. Of course we were full of rumours about a move a little while back but nothing has happened. Am glad to hear that your army is pleased with the new position. The old place is very wet all through the winter. Am very sorry you have had no luck over the servant question. It looks as if England will have to go to other countries for them in the future, but we must never have Boche back again. Much better news from Italy & the Boche will be stopped there after all…
My dear Mammy
…We are quite comfortable as we have sawed lots of wood from old dugouts & places & have quite a good store for the winter. I have managed to make the stove in my tent work quite well & have also made some furniture. In fact am living in luxury & comfort.
You seem to have been very free from raids this moon. This is probably due to the weather & the Hun cannot look forward to doing much in the raid line through the winter. Best love & hoping you are all fit. Y[ou]r affect[iona]te son