26 March 1917


Dear Homefolks
Am still at the base but expect to go up the line during the week. Letters of course are not plentiful yet. Received a stray from Elsie, more by good luck than anything else. Have received no word yet from Vivie or Vernie but one cannot expect replies in 48 hours in this game. Hoping also to hear from Charlie Wal, & Ernie soon. Wrote to each as soon as I arrived. Will probably be able to see Charlie as he’s in the same division, but not so sure of being able to see the others.

Tried to make love to a French dam-sel whilst on “picket” the other night. If I hadn’t been on piquet I’d have been OK. But as the piquets job is to keep the damsels & the troops away from each other, the fair lass misunderstood my intentions _ _ _. She spoke “at” me for 10 minutes in a most forcible, fluent, & expressive way, & didn’t repeat herself once. Wouldn’t have minded only she spoke English. As it was I was absolutely staggered – have never heard such language before - & coming from a girl too. I retired hastily, covered with confusion & blushing _ _ _. The French girls have no time for military police, or piquets whilst on duty _ _ _.

By the way Viola, what’s the address of that French correspondent of yours. I’d very much like to write to her. The troops must have diversion you know & what could be more diverting than a little tete a tete with a charming French lass who speaks such attractive English _ _ _. Now we be a good girl & pave the way _ _ _.

Hope everything at home is OK. Your loving son & brer Bert






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