Volume 1: Letters written on active service, A-L, 1914-1919 - Page 400
Tell Mr Waugh I always think of the good teaching he gave me when a boy, & it makes everything quite easy & I am not a bit afraid if the end did happen to come. which is not at all likely.
Also tell the Doctor that I often think of the way he used to say he would carve into any German patients, & wish he had started years ago.
At the present moment our ships & guns are giving about the biggest bombardment since we came. I tell you the shells play the dickens. I am glad they are not coming at us. The rumbling noise has not ceased for a second for over an hour. You know some of the shells weigh a ton. How about one of them for dinner. No good Eh so say I.
Well I will be glad when it is all over and I am back with my dear Mother & Father & Sister again. I am sure I will not leave you again. Father & I will have some days out & Mother & Doss theatre nights. I am going to have a good quite time for a month or two when I come back. I do hope I get to England to see Aunt Florrie. I get such nice letters from her, & she says she is very proud of me.
I can tell you the man who sticks this & sees it through is good material & good "breed"
I am made Sergeant. Not bad. I am the first Corporal in our company to be gazetted on the field.
Hoping you are all well & to hear from you tomorrow
Best love & good wishes
Your loving Son