"We had an enjoyable time out here on Christmas Day. I enjoyed myself A1 in the trenches. We were shaking hands with the Germans!
It is an awful mess out here: you are up to your knees in mud all day long in the trenches, and the weather is simply rotten - nothing but rain all day long. I have not seen (here a name has been censored out) yet but we are near their firing line. It made me jump when I heard the big battery guns the first night. I am getting used to them now.
We had plenty of Christmas pudding and cigarettes, and a nice present from Princess Mary; also one from Lady Rawlinson consisting of Christmas pudding and cigarettes and matches. We had yet another little present: a small Christmas pudding from friends at Torquay; it was very good.
It is very cold here and we suffer much from frost-bitten feet."