France Aug 28, 1917

My dear sweetheart;-

Your letter of Aug 21 reached me yesterday. I had expected another to day as you said something in your letter about writing the day following. I am awfully pleased to have your letters but have no just cause for complaint if you miss a day now and then.

Have not changed over to the field ambulance yet but intend going down to see the A.D.M.S. to morrow. I should rather like to wait until Sept 18 to complete my full 2 years with the battalion in France.

We had the honour of being inspected by the C. in C. Field Marshall Sir Douglas Haig yesterday. It rained dogs & cats the night before and we all had visions of standing out in the rain as we did for Sam Hughes one day in England 2 years and more ago. We were very fortunate though in having a fine morning. It began to rain as we were returning to billets just before we reached home and kept it up all afternoon. I had never seen Sir Douglas Haig before and was much impressed by his appearance. He looks and acts like a great soldier. One could easily pick him out from seeing his published pictures but he is somewhat thinner in the face than the photographs would lead you to expect.

Please forgive me, dear girl, for not thanking you for those splendid chocolates. They arrived at our dugout on the evening of Aug 21 and were much appreciated. Needless to say they were all gone within 24 hours. Do you remember me telling you about the pear & apple trees up in the battle zone? They were just getting ripe when we were up the line last time but the tactical situation did not favour fruit picking expeditions. There are some fine fruit trees in the village where we are now billeted but I am afraid some of the fruit was damaged by the high gale that blew all of to-day. The heavily loaded fruit trees exercise a very severe test of discipline upon the boys.

Col. Bell returned to the battalion the other day after being in command of the brigade for a month. We had the gramophone doing business and I had “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” all ready for him. The Colonel will likely be leaving the battalion to take command of a brigade before long but I shall likely have transferred before that. It will certainly not seem the same battalion without him.

Good bye for present dear heart

Always your lover

Harold W McGill

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