France, May 27, 1918

Dearest Emma; –

Your letter of May 20 came yesterday and the one written on May 22 to-day. I was much interested in your account of the bombing raid on London. It must have been a bad business by all accounts but it is satisfactory to know that a number of Hun planes were brought down. The raid on the Base hospital was a much worse affair and I fear that there were quite a few casualties among the nurses. The Germans that were captured from the plane that was brought down should have been turned over to the Chinese coolies for proper treatment. The Huns bombed a Chinese camp over here not long ago. The Celestials didn’t take this in a meek spirit by any means. They got possession of a bunch of Mills grenades and paid a visit to an adjoining German Prisoners’ compound. This is the way the story goes but of course I cannot vouch for its accuracy. It is nice though to think of the Chinamen lobbing bombs over the wire fence among the unspeakable Huns.

I have just finished a letter to Enid. I rather excelled myself, having written 7 pages. There is really not much to write about but sometimes I hit a piece of good going and write a somewhat bulky if not good letter.

Am very happy to know that you are beginning to like your new sphere of endeavor. Your first letter was not very full of promise regarding your expectations in that regard. It will be nice if you can stick it until I get over on leave. I really expect to get over long before November. Leave will likely open after the next Hun offensive, i.e. unless he drives us to the sea and I don’t think he can do that.

Yours very fondly
Harold W. McGill

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France, Feb 26, 1918

Dearest Emma; –

Your two letters dated Feb 21 & 22 respectively reached me today and I am as always delighted to know that you are keeping well and enjoying your new place of abode. It must be a pretty place there now and even more so in the summer. Perhaps I may be able to get over to take a walk or two with you this coming spring. How shall we manage our next leave? Will you meet me in London or shall I go down to Bramshott area for a day or two? My next leave is likely to be of only ten days duration. What is your station now?

London I suppose will be worried these fine moonlight nights, fearing air raids if not actually suffering from them. This will likely be a summer of very active air bombing operations on the part of both sides.

I read the letter you enclosed, but of course not knowing the writer was not particularly interested in it. I wrote to Enid to day and should also have written to Miss Drysdale to acknowledge the receipt of her note and the gift of a pair of socks. I am not getting many letters written these days and I have considerable spare time too. For some reason I very seldom feel like starting in to write.

I am enclosing a cheque which I hope will reach you in time for your London expedition. Good bye for present my love

Yours ever

Harold W. McGill

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