A CHEERFUL LETTER.
Writing from Gallipoli an Akaroa --"-• boy paints trench life bb run oh more rosy than generally considered. "King's Own Avenue" is the name
given to tbeir section of trfnobe*: "'Since last writing to you we h»v. been shifted up to the firing? line. We 'had a very sudden move, much -ooner than we exppcted and have now oppd here for nearly a fortnight. The first night we were np here I will never forget, because I wa3 on duty, and in the middle of tbe nigbt it started,to snow—only a ehame how it came down and it grew bitterly cold. I thought if trench life is all like this it is no good to me, a? I would not be able to stand too muob of it. However in a way it was a good job we got a little bit of it as it taught us what we may have to go through later on, and | what we have to be prepared for. Since then the weather has been almost perfect, and we are beginning to think that trench life is not half as bad as it is painted. We get very good tucker and as muoh as we want of it. Our cooks are up here with us so instead of having to do all our own cooking as I thought we would we have it nearly all cooked for us. When in the trenches at night time we have hot tea brought round to us twice in the night, so considering ciroumstancea we are living very high. All the Akaroa boys are hanging but well and all seem to be in tbe bast of spirits. By jove a mail has just arrived and I have at last received seven letters. lam delighted as they are the first since we landed on tbe Peninsula. lam looking forward to my Christmas mail, especially all those cakes and parcels. Well my dear people I have to go down to the beach for stores so I must be ringing off. Don't worry about me as lam in the best of health and am very cheerful. In fact everything in tbe garden is absolutely grand."
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A CHEERFUL LETTER., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXV, Issue 3520, 8 February 1916