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[On the letterhead of the T.S.S. "Euripides".]
Sunday 13th Dec 1914
Mena Camp
Via Cairo

My Dear Mother.

I now take liberty to send you some news as regards myself & the rest of the Australian forces. After leaving Colombo as I mentioned in my last letter I was taken ill with pluresy & Infleunza & was sent to Hospital for a week & two days & had a very bad time my temperature was very high being 106.4 & my pulse being very low. Say Mum I fought a great battle & won I can tell you truly that quite a lot of things of the past came before me & also my thoughts we also of those I left behind. I think Mum dear that it does a chap to have some sickness like that to tune him up & let him realise where he is.
Well dear Mum just before reaching I was out of bed & in the convalesent ward & enjoyed the welcome rays of the sun & of the surroundings. We reached Aden the day after I left Hospital & I can say that the scenery round about there

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