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Dec 18 1917
To: Thomas B. McQuesten [Whitehern, Hamilton, Ontario]
From: Railway Station, Codford, G. W. R., 4th Reserve Brigade, R.F.A., Officers Mess, Boyton, Wilts.

Dear Mr. McQuesten,

After a lapse of many months I find time to bore you once again with one of my trying epistles.

I have finished my Cadet Course with a certain degree of success, and am now on duty with the above brigade. We did enjoy quite favorable weather during the months I was there.

I visited Exmouth, Torquay, Dawlish and Paignton on various week-ends. Of these, Torquay is by far the most beautiful.

Since ompleting my course, I have visiting [sic] Edinburgh and Dundee and found much to hold my interest.

I cannot say that I found the work at Cadet School very difficult. It was very interesting throughout and I thoroughly enjoyed it all.

I was fortunate enough to be posted to a school in Devonshire where all the famous Devonshire Cream is found. Devonshire's climate is a trifle damp and very relaxing. But in fact I think I am off up North again as soon as I can get away. No, there isn't a young lady in the case.

I am now awaiting orders to proceed overseas and am hoping that such orders do not arrive until after Christmas.

Last Friday I returned from my four days overseas leave.

In our unit here, there are five Canadians other than myself. They have just crossed from R.M.C. Kingston, and are keen to get to France. Then, too, there are a dozen or more South African fellows here with a sprinkling of New Zealanders, Australians and one odd Yank.

The place is very quiet. The town is miles away and so we make our own amusement. Concert parties visit us once-in-a-while and help to enliven things.

But I am anxious to get out and to be doing some of the practical.

I am waiting for the evening paper to come up to camp in order to see what the people at home are doing with their votes. Canadian elections have created much talk in the mess here. You would imagine we are all Canucks at times. 1 This will arrive too late for the Christmas Season. However, I hope you have had a jolly one and that the New Year will be an exceedingly prosperous and joyous one for you.

I am, very sincerely yours,

Sandford Engles, 2nd lieut.

1 Sir Robert Borden (Prime Minister) was a Conservative/Unionist, he was first elected Sept. 21, 1911. He changed parties on Oct. 12, 1917. He was re-elected Dec. 17, 1917, and served until July 9,1920 (Halifax, NS). He resigned (Retired) Jul 9, 1920.

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