week ago and lost 200 men in three days. The aid-
post, a bit of a dug-out hastily made, was blown in.
At the time it contained 5 wounded men, 5 stretcher-
bearers, and the doctor. All were killed except the
Doc. who was buried in the debris. He was so badly
shaken when dug out that he had to be sent down, and
will probably be in England by now. It is a hell of a
place up there. The Batt. is attacking to-day. I hope
they have better luck. The outlook is not rosy. Very-
glad to hear you are sitting up and taking nourish-
ment. A lot of our best men have been knocked out
recently. We shall soon want another Battn. All the
boys send their love and best wishes in which your
humble heartily joins."
The second letter, which I chanced to open and
read first, was the worst of the two.
"Dear Kangaroo. . . . Just a line to let you know
what rotten bad luck we had yesterday. We attacked
Ginchy with a very weak Battn. (about 300) and cap-
tured the place but were forced out of half of itódue
to the usual thing. Poor Edmunds was killed leading
his Coy. Also Perrin. Durley was badly wounded, in
neck and chest, I think. It is terrible to think of these
two splendid chaps being cut off, but I hope Durley
pulls through. Asbestos Bill died of wounds. Fernby,
who was O.C. Bombers, very badly hit and not ex-
pected to live. Several others you don't know also
killed. Only two officers got back without being hit.
C.S.M. Miles and Danby both killed. The Battn. is
not now over strength for rations! The rest of the
Brigade suffered in proportion. Will write later. Very
I walked about the room, whistling and putting the
pictures straight. Then the gong rang for luncheon.
Aunt Evelyn drew my attention to the figs, which