Volume 2: Letters written on active service, M-W, 1914-1919 - Page 496
in charge of an Enteric ward of 42 beds nearly all our own too T.G.
By the way books magazines &c. will all be gladly read: any old used ones will do excellently too. I haven't the faintest hesitation in asking you or Prince because I know you have both a wide circle of influential friends who can & will help – Butter is one of the most difficult things to obtain here – & everything we get is tinned even potatoes when they do appear or [indecipherable] for Pts! Butter, tinned fruits dried do. preserves: sweets: Coffee (one never sees that unless some of our men visitors off the boats bring it along: They are dears that way They evidently know the way to our hearts is via little Mary) Cafe au lait in tins: tea: potted pastes: &c. &c: & warm woolly comforts: Candles are almost unprocurable so don't forget them & Kerosene almost unheard of. We get a crude pet. which won't work primus or anything. Winter will be pretty awful – & we are hoping to be in huts but no more so far.
Must write you a longer and more interesting letter next time: By the way I had better explain too that we'd like to have some things available for distribution among the men at the Rest Camp as they – poor dears – do not benefit by any Red Cross distribution & cannot requisition for same & as they are men who have been on Peninsula since 1st landing & here in a nerve shattered condition it seems
[Letter continues and concludes in a note written sideways on the first page of this letter; see page 486.]
["Little Mary" was slang for stomach, belly.]