Letter from Arthur Powell

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Arthur writes home in 'cheerful spirits', as no doubt his parents will have read in the papers of the 'big British victory on the Belgian Front' (it is believed that Arthur is writing about the 'bloody battle' of Passchendaele). Arthur is interested in this battle as he writes that he is, 'familiar with some of the objectives gained', Arthur is optimistic about 'peace before Christmas and an English peace at that'. Arthur writes that he hopes, or expects, Sir Douglas Haig to take advantage of the good weather to keep pushing forward, it is for tactical reasons so British Forces can hold on to the ground already gained. The weather has played a large part in the success of the campaign. Arthur is keeping fit, he looks forward to seeing them soon, his address remains unchanged, but he has been fortunate enough to catch up with some of his old friends, who have been wounded, but fortunate enough to be sent back to home. Arthur makes enquiries about his friend 'Kitty' whom he wonders whether he has been called up yet. He believes Kitty would do well out in the trenches, 'there would be plenty of sport for him' he remarks. Arthur then discusses the whereabouts of some of his friends, a 'Len Robson', and a 'Harry Wylde' whether or not he is soldier or a civilian. He asks about 'Alf' and has written to 'Elsie' several times. Arthur has read Beach Thomas's account of the success of the Belgian campaign. He believes his account is worth reading, but advices taking, 'a bit of salt with it'. His friend 'Horatio' is currently out in France and has been to see him. Horatio is planning to write a personal account of what he witnesses for his magazine, Arthur believes this will do the fighting 'Tommy' a great favour. He signs with his 'best love' and remains as always, 'your loving son, Arthur'.

Dated at: France.