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The Spike: or, Victoria University College Review, October 1918

Letter from A.B. Charters to Spike, 16.7.1918

In the Field. 16/7/18.

The Secretary.

V. C. Students' Union.

Thank you very much indeed for the parcel of socks, which reached me safely yesterday. It was very thoughtful of you all to remember me, and as a matter of fact you could not have sent me anything more acceptable at the times as I had just come in from wet and muddy trenches to find that I had no dry socks. The arrival of the gift, too, almost coincided with my birthday, but I don't suppose there are any present-day students who in the pre-historic days "celebrated" a birthday with me.

I keep wonderfully fit, and have done all through except temporarily on receipt of one or two Hun donations. I do not get many V. C. students in this unit, but plenty from the College in the province from which my unit is recruited.

I understand that you have new one of my old company commanders lecturing at the College. I shall be glad if you would remember me kindly to him, but don't believe all he tells you about me—I am not as bad as that, really. I was close by him when he was hit at Messiness, and he will probably tell you that I am a most unsympathetic mortal. I refer, of course, to Capt. Jas. Thompson.

I saw de la Mare in London hospital when I was on leave some six months ago, when he was a near relative of a "sieve," but I understand he is due for N.Z., and has probably let by now.

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This war seems almost interminable, and I am longing for a suit of "civies," but don't think the time is just yet. Four years is a big slice out of man's life to spend Hun-strafing, but it will be well worth it when he has been put in his place.

Once more thanking you for your kindness, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

A. B. Charters.