COLD AND RAIN.
Writing from Gallipoli under date 3rd December, 1915, Bombardier A. R. Jaoobson saye :-*."Have somehow not Beamed to find time to write for a "while as I was supposed to go for a tew days trip for stores off here, and also have had do mail for some weeks. We had our first taste of a blizzard last week and woke in the morning to find the whole county white, sleet still eddying round to the tune of a cutting nor caster. By gad it was cold and wintry and I shuddered to think of the poor beggars on both sides in the trenches. £ bad the night after it on the gun myself and froze from 3 p.m. to 9 a.m.. However the cold seems to perk me up and I have never felt better than I do just now. The last few days £ have had a regular pionio and have only spent one night out of four at home the others being at different points waiting to go away for the stores, for which, as a matter of fact,' I am waiting now and expect notice any moment. I have now been prevailed on to take the job of assistant quarter-master at my prespnt rank, that of bombardier. It will entail a lot of work, but £ fancy that is exactly what one wants here to keep fit, and it is the fellows who never shift from their dug outs who get mopey and crook, Everything has been frozen of late and we have to liquify the water. In our dug out we have now a good fire place and can play bridge and be absolutely cosy. 1 met Dr Withers yesterday and be
looks well. I oan go round and see him and get medical comforts at any time if not up to the mark, but have bad no need ag yet. Have you beard of late from "Smithy" as I have not beard anything for three months, still I take no news as good new?. 1 have seen a few Turk prisoners of late and the cold seems to havo played up with the poor beggars. The wristlet watch I got is going well Today we beard a rumour that our troops had ad vanoed two miles on the left; and hopp it is right. Well I hope I get a mail soon and a big one ao I am pretty well out of reading matter."
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AT ANZAC., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3520, 8 February 1916