Excerpt from letter dated May 2, 1916, somewhere in France:
I am at present living in a sand-bag villa, and our comforts are few. Our villa is a very small one, holds three with crowding, but is quite safe except in case of a direct hit, either from a high explosive shell or a bomb dropped from an aeroplane, in which case our successors would have an untidy mess to clean up.
Excerpt from letter dated August 9, 1918 explaining how he obtained the German mark note that he sent to John Aird, General Manager:
I enclose a souvenir (a two mark note) as it is easy to send. A [German] prisoner gave it to one of the men, apparently with the idea that it was quite the correct thing to do. They seem so pleased to be captured.