Mrs. B.W. Vale
1554 Bathurst Street
Toronto
CANADA

#5 Cdn. General Hospital
C.A.O.

Mia Carissima Moglie:
Just a few lines my dear, to let you know we have landed safely in Sicily and are rapidly becoming accustomed to the heat and our surroundings in general.

We have had some work to do and a little excitement now and again which helps to keep life interesting. Well chum, I hop you are well, and are enjoying the summer.

We have had no mail of course for several weeks but hope it will start arriving soon. All my love dear, and everything is OK with me.

Suo affezionato marito
Bruce


Mrs. B.W. Vale
1554 Bathurst St.
Toronto
CANADA

23 July 4
#5 Cdn. General Hospital
C.A.O.

My Darling: Just a few further lines chum to keep you up to date. We are finally making up for all the Vitamin C we didn’t get in England. As a matter of fact I am at present only about 50 yds from a large lemon grove which of course we pick ad. lib. The voyage to this island was very beautiful as you can imagine. The Mediterranean is all it is cracked up to be. We saw Algiers en route and in fact marched thru the town. The heat was terrific even in our tropical dress. […] We passed thru the straits of Gibraltar in moonlight. It was wonderful to see neutral Tangier all lighted up and Gibraltar is quite a sight even at night. Another port of call was Malta and we enjoyed seeing the famous town of Galetta.

Of course I can’t tell you about any action we may have seen where or how we landed but I may say that our lines have not been uneventful since we left our former base.

I do hope you will be albe to read this letter when it arrives. You must let me know how it is. Your letters should continue to be addressed exactly as they have been in the post. The local inhabitants here are quite friendly and we are gradually picking up enough of the language to get along. Of course the first words we learned were “Buo giorgno, mia dia vino rosso.” But the way it isn’t half bad.

Well my dear so long for now. I am thinking of your always. There is no cause for you to worry and everything will be O.K.

A rivederci mia moglie
Suo affezionato marito
Bruce





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