[The second page of a letter, dated 30 May 1916, that begins on page 419.]
quite prepared to meet my maker.
You have both been the very best parents in the world & I am very proud of you. I am glad to be fighting & upholding the good old British race. Leave it to me Father I will give them one for you. They are no good when you get to it with they bayonet. I am feeling fit & well & never better. I am ready to fight the fight of my life & will go into it quiet cool. My boys will follow me anywhere. We are all anxious to try & finish it. Tell all my friends it will be some time before I write again but tell them all to keep on writing as it is great to recieve letters. Hoping you are all well If it is my time to go before I write again, I will meet you, both Dear, Rowland & I. Good bye & good luck. Now buck up & dont get down hearted. I will see it through.
All my love & kisses
Your loving Son
Probably by the time you recieve this I will be able to write & I will tell Aunt Florrie to cable, so you will know I am writing again