France, Feb 12, 1918

Dear Emma; –

I fully intended writing you last night but somehow did not feel in the mood for it. Any how the letters would not have gone until to day. I have just finished censoring the men’s letters and after I finish writing this I shall censor it myself also.

Since writing you the day before yesterday 3 of your letters have arrived, one dated Feb 4 and the other two both dated Feb 6. One of the latter enclosed Enid’s letter.

Yes, I received the letter in which you mentioned your early morning call to duty but you did not say anything about Major Thomson in that one. I am pleased to know that your patients are doing well. Had a letter yesterday from my brother in Vancouver. The letter was dated Jan 14 and in it my brother mentioned having written one on Jan 7. I never received the letter of Jan 7. That makes the second letter from my brother that I know of having been lost recently.

I saw Capt Fred Clark from Calgary yesterday. He made no reference to our proceedings of two months ago do day. Did we send him an announcement? I know I intended to do so but may have forgotten to give you his name. It’s too late now anyway.

Our weather still keeps fine but very windy. I do not like winds but they are preferable to snow and mud. We are getting quite a little work done around the huts at our station. We have several men who confessed a possession of ability in the line of agricultural endeavor busy making a start at a garden.

I am still living alone and no prospects of reinforcements are in sight. I expect to change over with another section before long.

It is now after 2 P.M. and I must close this and get busy checking over equipment.

Your loving husband
Harold W. McGill

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France, Jan 7, 1918

Dear Wife Emma;-

Your two letters of Jan 1 & 2 respectively reached me to day at noon. It is strange that it should take 5 or 6 days for a letter to come from England here. By this time you will have received some of my many letters and will be very sorry and full of remorse over all the harsh things you said to me about my apparent negligence.

Am very pleased to hear that you are getting settled down in your new home and hope you will be happy and contented. You see, I do not wish you to feel sorry that you married me as you may sometimes when things are going badly. I am glad I wrote to the supply officer and arranged for your rations. Some articles of diet are sure to be very scarce before another six months are over and it is well to be able to draw on army stores for some of the prime necessities at least. In one of my Christmas parcels I received a two pound box of lump sugar. Capt Muir, one of our officers, was going on leave the other day and he took the box of sugar with him. His wife lives in Folkestone (I don’t think I have spelled this right).

Do you know I believe I must have forgotten to mail you the list of some more of the people I wished to receive our wedding announcements. In looking through my field message book this morning I found the list I had meant to send. I shall now enclose it. I may think of some more presently. There are quite a number of people to whom I should like to send announcements but I am not sure of the exact addresses. It doesn’t really matter though I suppose. Oh Yes! Before I forget it. Please send one to Mr. D.R. Macdonald, Exshaw, Alta. This man was once a very good friend of mine. He has written me a few times since I came to the war but not lately, and I am not even sure that he is still in Exshaw.

The weather turned much warmer last night and there are pools of water every where to day. It is a very welcome change for the continued cold was becoming tiresome and the houses in this country are not built with any idea apparently that it may ever be necessary to keep them warm. I went to church yesterday but purely in a military capacity, i.e. I was in charge of the church parade of the unit. The Padre kept us standing out in the freezing cold for nearly half an hour, and the men had no greatcoats on as we had expected to be indoors. The padres as a class are extraordinarily lacking in common sense. Certainly I doubt very much if any of our men really “Got religion” from that service.

I am starting in on a five days tour of orderly officer’s duties to day. This means that I have to get up early in the mornings but I do not go on the route marches in the afternoons.

Major Burgess & Capt Clark returned the day after New Years. We have now 3 officers away on leave. I must close now and inspect the men’s supper. They are getting good rations.

Your ever loving husband

Harold W McGill

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