France, Sept 27, 1917

Dear Emma;-

I have not heard from you for 3 days but shall write to you again anyway to let you know that at last I have moved to the field ambulance. My address now will be 5th Canadian Field Ambulance. B.E.F. Do not forget to put “Canadian” in the address, otherwise the letter would probably go astray. Col. Bell left to take charge, temporarily, of a brigade the same day that I came away. I very much doubt if he will return to the battalion. So far I certainly have not been overworked in my new position.

Had a letter from Margaret yesterday. It was written on Sept 17 and had been thus 9 days on the road. I was much relieved to get the letter for although I discounted Moshier’s statement at his ordinary rate I was nevertheless considerably worried. In her letter Margaret said that she and Miss Lynch had just finished their tour of night duty and were about to have a day off in which they designed to do some exploring of the surrounding country – Margaret said she had sent me a card giving their location, but the censor must have grabbed it for it never came to hand. I have found out however just about where the unit is and shall try to get a run down there some time. Wish you were there too provided the Huns would quit their moonlight bombing attacks on hospitals.

To what hospital are you endeavoring to transfer? Do you like the place where you are any better that you did? I trust you are not working too hard and do hope you will not be sent back to the Tb. ward again. If you are I shall apply for special leave in order to go over to England and run away with you. Before leaving the battalion I told Col. Bell I wanted a months leave for a very special purpose and asked him to use his help, unofficially of course, to get it for me. He said he would always be pleased to do anything to help me in any way and was exceedingly nice about it. The Colonel is the only confidant I have so far made in the matter of our intentions except of course my immediate relatives.

The weather is keeping fine although we had a smart rain early this morning. I hope the rain keeps off for another month at least for it is great Hun straafing weather now. The moonlight nights are bad for Hun air raids though.

Yours with dearest love

Harold W McGill

France, Sept. 21, 1917

My dearest dear;

Your two letters of Sept 15 and Sept 16, respectively, reached me this afternoon the latter enclosing the four proofs which I am very pleased to have. Three of them are very good but you wear a rather formidable expression in the fourth. If in the future you should ever meet me with a look like that when I come home late at night I shall do like Mr. Jiggs and climb up a ladder through a back window.

Certainly, my dear, I am perfectly well and alright. If I do not write to you every day it is because I have nothing to write except to assure you of my undying devotion, and you know what Shakspeare said about people that protest too much. As a matter of fact I had not heard from you since I last wrote until to day. However the other day I found the letter I had written the day before peacefully reposing in our mail box. The orderly whose duty it was to clear the box had failed to do so.

I am very sorry to know that you have no chance of getting leave soon. It may be that when you do get it in January or later I shall be able to get away at the same time and we can arrange to have your leave extended indefinitely.

We had Lieut. Col. J. N. Gunn from Calgary in to dinner last evening. He is looking rather tired. Mrs. Gunn & baby are both in Canada. Gunn has been at it very steady for a long time now and has done a lot of hard work. Col. Gunn told me that Selby of his unit had just returned from leave with some very interesting news to the effect that I was open for congratulations. Selby had the date and everything complete in his summary of intelligence according to Col. Gunn. I told Gunn that I would have to see Selby and get the latest information before issuing a statement. Now where in the deuce did Selby get his news? We shall have to appoint him one of the inquisitors of captured German prisoners.

My mare is over her lameness and I have been having a ride every morning recently. The weather is splendid but there is just a suggestion of autumn in the air. I was over to see Moshier yesterday and found him quite well and with his amazing self assurance quite unimpaired. Moshier told me that the unit where my sister is had been bombed and some 30 casualties caused. As I have not heard from Margaret for nearly 2 weeks I am naturally anxious although Moshier is as you know somewhat unreliable in his reports.

Yours lovingly

Harold W McGill

P.S. Please excuse bad writing and give my kindest regards to Miss Reid. HWMcG

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