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The desert
21st Nov 1916

My dear Mother,
I cannot make out how it is I am not recieving any of your letters lately as I am sure you are sending them. They seem to reach Bert alright as I recieved a letter from him yesterday saying he gets his regularly enough. The only thing I can think of is that they are going to some other Firth in the light horse some where.
Recieved a letter from Paddy Mal[indecipherable] same mail as Berts
Bert says he is O K and has been in the trenches for some time Have not heard from Charlie for a week or so He is only about 15 miles from here. I sent him a letter a few days ago and am expecting a reply any time now Seen some of his mates and gave them the letter They said he was well at the time .

Well mother we are still in this sandy hole but have been having a fairly peaceful time lately

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