Somewhere in Verdun, 10/26/1918

Dear Em.



Received a letter from you tonight dated Oct 1, and on my first glance at the envelope could not dope out who it was from, for I knew it was not your handwriting. I failed to look on the back or I would have known. You can appreciate how I felt when on openning it all inquisitiveness ceased for your handwriting greeted me. A letter from home. This letter and one from a chap that I met in the hospital was my quota this trip, and I am answering both right away, for Ive not only got the time but also as conveinient a place to write as Ive had for months.



If only I could say some thing now, I would probably repay you for all the mail you have sent me. I can appreciate the fact that you are buisy alright when you say that you leave the house at day break and don’t return until sun down. Ive got no kick coming in regard to mail and although I receive none too much you are writing as often as you can I know.



Glad to hear every one has got over their colds and, listen Em. Keep off that Spanish Influ stuff won’t you? Some kitten Ill say. I wonder whose kissing her now? So it looks just like a girl I used to know. I hope I see it some day any way. You say the weather is getting chilly now. Same here. Hope you get your coal before it gets much colder. They sure are long enough getting it to you.



Glad to hear you got in on the Liberty Loan which was such a success. Yes this is the next letter and it is stating that we are at the front, and some front believe me. I guess you read in the paper about the Yanks. We are in it. You say that the papers said “After a short rest.” Well there is a war on. Some of the boys you speak of as being home there in hospitals are the self same boys that left Westfield in August 1917 with me. Look them up, Im sure of at least five, that are back in God’s Country now although a little the worst for their experience. Elmer Lane of the Magoun Square Gang or the chap that our street at Lynnfield was named after (Cherry Lane) is there.



So you carry a cooked ration with you. So do we, all the time but its not like what Lena puts up. Its the darb at that though. I bet its tough getting up out of a bed at that in the morning. Im feeling great and am very lucky to be in good condition right now. A fellow has to. Have heard from this side that Batty, Jimmy and that bunch is on this side now. I wish them all the luck in the world. They will be used I beleive. It would sure be some news if I told you really where I was tonight, but mums the word you know. Don’t know how long I will be here nor will I kick while we are on this sector if I am here for some time.



I hope you can read enough of this letter to know what I am writing about. I guess two sheets is pretty good this time, so trusting this finds you all well Ill close. Regards to all





Samuel Ed. Avery #69762, Hdq Co. 103rd Inf. Am. Ex. Forces.



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  1. Dear Readers:
    Please see the page “Sam’s References Explained” for a reference on the Spanish Flu. Sam’s term “God’s Country” refers to Maine, where some of the 103rd’s wounded veterans returned home.


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