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Egyptian Goverment Hospital
August 29th 1915

Dear Mother

Just a few lines to let you know that I am getting on fairly well. I have been in here since the 11th inst and I am leaving for England in a few days time. I was wounded on the 7th inst. I had a bullet through the thigh and a piece of shrapnel in the calf; the wounds wont heal in this climate.
I got a very pleasant surprise when I heard Horace was on the Peninsula I went straight over to see him, and he looked the picture of health. He told me he had left Sydney without going to see Ruby. I was angry with him for when a fellow gets on that Peninsula he is lucky to get through safely.
We had a good chat together and the following afternoon I saw him again and we had a swim together too.
The next day (7th) we were in action and it was a terrible fight. I was wounded after about 4 hours hand-to-hand. Then We fairly tore the Turks to pieces. I have learnt since that Horace was alright and doing well. I only hope he remains so I have written him since I have been in here but I have not had a reply.

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