Just a few lines to assure you of my perfect safety. Your letter of Aug 9 came last night. As you will notice it was six days on the way. Your letters are lovely and I am on the look out for one every night after the transport comes in with the rations. I wish I could do nearly half as well in the way of letter writing.
As you will see by the newspapers we are having a somewhat lively time just at present. Our battalion was in reserve during yesterdays action and all I had to do was to sit by the side of the trench and watch the prisoners march down the road. We all had to “stand to” before daybreak and obtained a fine view of the fireworks when our barrage was put down. The weather was very threatening the night before last but although yesterday was a little showery it was not at all bad for military operations. To day is fine but there is a high wind blowing which is somewhat cool.
Now in regard to my future, do you wish me to transfer to England now or when my next leave comes around? Please know my dear one that the sweetest thing in the world to me is the prospect of living with you always, but we must remember that we are both soldiers and our personal inclinations must always have a secondary place. As I said in another letter my proposed transfer to a field ambulance may make it more difficult for me to obtain long leave, but whether it be a long or short time in coming, and no matter what the duration of it is we must get married when I next go to England. It will then be time enough to discuss the advisability of my remaining there. Many things may happen in the meantime that would affect our decision. I know how you feel about the matter and it makes me most anxious to know what is the best thing for me to do.
You will begin to wonder why I have not sent you the ring I mentioned. I have to make all arrangements by post – all of which takes time, but I have not forgotten it. I have alas been trying to get some war souvenirs for you but have not been able to obtain anything nice enough to send.
Major Horby our adjutant is going over to the 21st Reserve Battn. You will probably meet him over there. He is a good soldier and a first class fellow. I saw your friend Grant yesterday. He is in the best of health and spirits.
I am hurried and must ask you again to forgive me my poor efforts in letter writing. How I wish I were going on leave to morrow!
Always your lover
Harold W McGill