Another night out with Jos as enemy umpire. Went out at 10pm and back by 11am. We sat near a village and then went up a hill amongst the cactus. Never slept a wink owing to the cold. Used up Jos’s iron rations – whisky! A letter from Ray, telling me to behave myself in this camp and explaining things. I sent a letter to Abbo. (Battalion HQ in Abbotabad) saying I didn’t consider I was really wanted here, and would be more use at the Mount. However, I think I’ve been a bit of a B.F. One good thing – I think I mentioned before – is that they have the ‘Times’ in the Mess here. A letter from Aunt Vivy enclosing 10/- shillings for Christmas – a cheque.
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