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[On letterhead of the Young Men's Christian Association "with H. M. Mediterranean Forces in Egypt"]
Heliopolis Egypt
6th 2nd Batt 1st A.I.F. C Coy

Dear Mum

I am in Heliopolis E 2 weeks and have had no letter yet I am 120 miles inland

Dear Mum

Just these words from a good man in a damed bad place. I am in a part of the world that is reeking with everything that is bad. Where I am the heat is always from 100° F to 125° F. I am leaving for the Front in 12 hours time to do our bit. Dear Mum you can bet your life that I will always be there when I am wanted Alec is in the Hospital here, through the same complaint. I have seen some wonderful things pyramids, sphinx I also saw the well that the Virgin Mary drank out of and the Tree that the Virgin Mary and the Child Jesus shelterd behing when fleeing from Herod

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