[9 February 1917]
else. I feel sometimes that we strafe the Germans rather too comfortably as it were and therefore prefer doing it from the observation End than from the Battery with a telephone and myself down almost out of hearing of the guns. Still in that I can comfort myself that the infantry like to hear our shells going over and that we exist for their support who must always be there who are destined for Valhalla and that anything to give them comfort is right nor have the Royal Regiment often failed them nor will. But sometimes these Nos I on the Guns make me mad they take such a devil of a time to get into action seem to think because they are called “Siege” they can take their time about everything. Possibly it is newness and one cant expect great speed without much training.
Well dearie, thats a lot of talk about myself and when I began I did not really mean to go to such lengths
Dearie you are awfully good with your letters & parcels and if it is but a note that I write every few days you must know that there is no writing a proper letter always as we are always being called on for this that or the other.
Good night now my dearie
I wrote Mrs Hannay, the others you must do for me very lovingly Pat