April 22, 1917
Somewhere in France
Hello Greta. I am back in France. I am in the pink with bells on. Well I am at the base for a few days and then up to the line With the best of luck; so my address will be
Pte R Heath No. 106159
Well Greta you talk about snow. We only had about six inches of snow this winter & no zero weather. We had no fire & only three blankets & came out fine. This is the best winter I ever put in, so I have no kick. Well Greta that is a pretty country where you are in the summer but it isn't in the winter. Well Greta I was sorry to here (sp) about Uncle Sam but I would not lose any sleep if it had been his neck.
I was glad to here (sp) Uncle Tom is enjoying his self in old Wardsville. How do you get along with your (step)mother? You did not say anything about her. Well cheer up & smile. I know & you know as long as Dad thinks she is all right, why we should worry.
Now Greta Don't you tell them at home I send you any long letters and what I say. You know what Wardsville is like. I am under canvas tonight. Last night I was on the boat so it will be the dugouts next. Wel greta Jack is pretty sore because Ontario went dry but it is a good thing. We have a wet canteen. It opens from 12 to 1 & 6 to 9 so it is not so bad here for beer. You can tell Aunti Dawson I will tell her all about the war when I get back. I have been all over England & up to Edinburgh Scotland for my leave and had a good time there. There is about ten girls to every man here so you se one has to be careful not to get kidnapped. Ashley Hampton was asking about you last winter. I thought Gladys was his only sister. Well tell Erie to take good care of Auntie Dawson & Uncle Tom. Well I guess I will close with love. Hoping to hear from you soon.
I remain your loving Brother