Just another line or two hoping it will find you well as I am very well at present but I am going to France in the morning, Friday morning, so I hope you will keep well till I come back & don't bother your head about me as I shall be alright. I have made my Will & left all to you & chance anything happens, well we are not looking for that so I have something to go with. Tom brote (brought?) me that £1 note, so I am just going to seek him now so we are going to have a drink together, I have been doging (dodging?) about till now, 7 O Clock. Just got my pay 4s. last pay here, well I have got sick of been here it is up to the boots tops now & it is raining now, looks like been a wet night. I am sorry Billy he's going back he want to doge (dodge?) a bit more then the war will be over before he gets off. Well the next address will be the Northumberland Fusiliers, The Fighting Fifth, my No 41950, I had a postcard from sister the other day wishing me good luck over the pond & Billy wants a badge but I have not time to get him one or else I would, never mind I shall have to close now.
Go have a drink remember me to all, good luck to them also, myself first they say so good night Mother with best love from your son.