from Captain J. S. Pringle, serving with the British Army in
France, to a female correspondent in Toronto, Ontario.
a delightful surprise I got when I received your letter. It was
awfully good of you to write to me.
enough, its only a fortnight since I saw Gordon and Douglas.
I was home for four days leave and Gordon came and dined
with me in London. He hadnt the slightest idea he was coming
out here then, and then on my return journey I ran into Douglas
who had just come home, and he told me Gordon was off, but where
to he didnt know. I had a pc from Gordon since. He is with
the 2nd Battalion but is nowhere near us. We are lying between
Armentières and Lille but much nearer the former. We have
been in the trenches since the beginning of November without
much doing except fighting the rain: for about the whole of January
our trenches were up to the waist in water, and we had to spend
four days and nights in them at a spell, with an equal period
out of them. So now I know all about the life of a water-rat,
combined with the habits of rabbits and the way to burrow through
the ground. However, I think the weather is out to behave itself
a bit better now, as we have recently had a good deal of frost.
hope things will get on the move soon as we are all tired of
staying here. I wonder when this show will be over the
sooner the better. I hear some of the Canadian troops are over
and in the trenches, they should make a good fighting lot. I
hope you are keeping very fit and that I may have the pleasure
of seeing you soon again in Scotland, and for more than the usual
one minute that we usually meet for.