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No 28 Capt JB Oldfield
5th Bn. The Green Howards
Middle East Forces
My dear Mum & Daddy,
Just a line to let you know that I am very fit and still enjoying life- have not heard from you just lately but mail is starting to trickle through again so hope to get one or two v.soon, as I know you’ll have written. I have heard that the silk stockings and few snaps that I sent have arrived so I expect you will have got yours by now too. I hope so.
We are back in the sand
again and move about pretty regularly- but sand is much the same everywhere so moves don’t make all that much difference. There have been a few dust storms lately which are a bit of a b. and there’s not much you can do about them except sit down and humour yr. way out when they subside. By the time you have de-sanded yourself and your belongings the next one starts and so it goes on.
Am very anxious to hear of Jumbo and her Bun and am waiting for a cable with the news-I expect to hear any day now. I am also expecting to get your parcel you sent off, Freddie Lax got one yesterday
which was posted about a week before yours so it should be arriving within the next few days. By the way, you asked me to let you know if I wanted anything in particular, I would really appreciate a pipe or two, the couple or so I brought out have just about been bitten through by now and a real nice pipe would be simply grand if you could get me one. I hope you don’t mind my asking!
Stunning times we live in – the whole world at war- or all that matters of it- what a bloody mess, isn’t it?
For the first time since we started I really feel we have at last turned a corner. I don’t think the old Hun is quite so happy anywhere now. God bless and my love to you both.
JBOldfield Johnnie x
BY AIR MAIL