France March 20/3/17
Dear Mother, Just dropping a few lines to let you know that I am quite well. Well Mother I received your Christmas parcel when it was exactly 6 months old & the cake was rotten but the lollys were alright. I received a good parcel from Mrs Sole with a lovely pocket writing case, two pair of socks & handkerchief & a cake of soap just what is handy over here.
I received a parcel of letters the other day & some [?] , one letter was very funny. I didn’t look at the address but when I started to read it I thought that it [???] had just put Bobs in mine. When I looked it was Bobs old as the hills so I didn’t trouble to pass it on.
I say mother if you can’t sell that mare of mine & you can get grazing for her hang on to her. I think if I get out of this outfit I can sell her well. Theres a chap over here who will take her if he gets home. Well this is all the news this time. Hoping you are well as I am with love from your son Bill.