France, June 12, 1918

Dearest Emma;-

Your letter of June 5 arrived this morning having taken a whole week to come as you will see. I did not have a letter from you yesterday. Canadian mail arrived to day but there were no letters for me. I got the cake though that Elo sent. We shall probably have it for dinner to-night. It was mailed on April 8 and I fear that Elo will think that I have forgotten to write and thank her.

I am awfully sorry to hear the bad news about Dr. Leacock and fear that she may have a bad time of it. It is too bad that she could not have returned to Canada before her illness. Is Lieut. Leacock going to remain in England? Please give them both my very kindest regards when next you see them .

We are still in the same place and enjoying life as much as is possible with the military situation what it is. I fear it will be a summer of ferocious and almost continuous fighting. What the final result will be no one can say but I have every confidence that the enemy will have exhausted himself before he can obtain a decision in his favour. Great numbers of American troops are coming over but of course many of them are insufficiently trained to go into action. They will soon get themselves into shape though. Did I tell you that we now had an American M.O. attached to our unit for instruction? He is a very good chap. His home is in Pennsylvania.

General Bell and Capt. Petty had dinner with us last night. Mrs. Bell is still in Paris.

Do you remember what happened exactly six months, a half a year, ago to-day? We have been married half a year and have lived to-gether for 12 days, or on an average of two days a month. Hope the ratio will improve before long.

Your ever loving husband

Harold W. McGill

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France, May 8, 1918

Dearest Wife; –

Your letter of April 30 reached me yesterday and the one written on May 1 arrived to-day. You will observe that they are now taking a full week to come. I also received a letter from Miss Corbett to day in which she asked me to advise you not to go back to work. I shall write her in a day or two thanking her for the interest she has shown in your welfare.

Your sister Edith has very surely taken me up as a real member of the family, for yesterday I received a really splendid parcel from the Lockport Community Club of which she is an active member. The box contained all sorts of useful things, including a pair of socks, a towel, hankerchief,, a cake of soap, a fruit cake and other things, besides a package of cigarettes I gave to our O.C. as I do not smoke them to any great extent. The socks were knitted by Mary Gunn and the box was packed by Irene Sinclair who sent along the squeeze used in the packing. It would surely seem that with you I had acquitted many allied, although of course minor blessings. I have not answered Elo’s letter yet but shall do so one of these days.

It is a perfect day outside and I had made up my mind to go off for a ride on horseback this afternoon but did not carry out my resolution. The roads are very muddy although it is fine overhead for it rains hard nearly every night. Everything is growing very fast. It must be very nice to live in your part of the country at this time of the year.

Our mess has been reduced considerably in size as we have now several officers away relieving M.O.s of battalions, these last mentioned M.O.s having become ill. Our good padre was also ordered to report elsewhere and he departed yesterday. We are all very sorry to lose him for he was a first class chap and a big help at the station.

Bye Bye for present
With all my love
Harold W. McGill

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