The weather has again changed. Yesterday it was miserably raining all day long. Today it is fine but very cold. With regard to the War I see the Russians are still maintaining the lead & if they hold it, in my opinion, will see it through. Thank God if it does.
I am more than pleased that dear little Mary goes to Church with you & I want you to make it a practice to take her every Sunday (of course I mean when it is fit) until such time as I come back & am able to take both her & Dick. Dear little soul I look at both their photos every night & really it makes the tears come to my eyes when I look at them & think I am so far away.
I believe I told you in my last letter that I had received the parcel from the Mayor’s Fund & that I had written thanking them. Tell Dad thank Seely Whitby for it too please.
I had a letter from Harry Packwood the other day. He is alright expecting leave any day now. It is over 12 months since he came out so that it is time he had one isn’t it? When mine will be I can’t say but if the War is going to finish this Autumn (which I think it will) I would rather stop here until the finish than come on leave & have to come out again, don’t you think it would be better.
I am delighted you took little Mary to Church the other Sunday evening. I hope she will go regularly with you or Dolly every Sunday. As you say I am certain she likes to be with you and she is such good company for such a young child. She will be a very good substitute for me won’t she. I am glad too that Aggie has finished School.
I met a chap too that knows Harry Hallam, had known him some years.
The following letters from Charles to his brother Tom and his parents show that he was still in France at this stage of the war. He was at Rest Camp until August 24th 1917.
14/8/17 My dear Tom
Thanks very much indeed for your letter received yesterday. The reason of the delay is that I am at a Rest Camp until the 24th & the letters have to be sent on from the Battery to where I am. The place I am in is a very small village with one pub only & the ale is putrid. As a matter of fact all the French ale is. Rest Camp indeed parade at 10 until 12.30 again at 2 until 4.30 some Rest isn’t it!
I expect you are fed up the same as I am but you are infinitely better off than I am. You can get home every other week end & I can’t & God only knows when I shall be able to, that is unless the War finishes this Autumn as the general view of men out here think it will. Do you hear anything about it? What is the opinion over there?
Yes, Mother writes me fairly often, Dad doesn’t but I don’t expect him for he did write once but you know it is an effort for him to sit down & write & it is just the same Mother writing. I had a letter from Aggie today, she tells me that Dr Campbell is leaving Radcliffe very shortly & going to Scotland. I was surprised.
The weather is very nice just now but it varies so. Even if fine I don’t appreciate it at all & never shall do in this belated? place. If you can keep from coming here do so by all means.
I had a letter from Fred the other day. I wrote him for his birthday. It seems as though Harriett & the kiddies are with him. I note Cath has started School? I hope he stops where he is until the war is over. I wonder if Dad gets any rent from him. It’s hard lines if he doesn’t.
I don’t think I have any more news just now so will close. Give my fondest regards to Jack & tell him to ‘Cheers’
Your loving Brother
Will Cope has had to join up