"Many thanks for your parcel, received on December 24th while I was in the trenches. I was pleased to read in your letter that you are still keeping well. I was in the trenches all through the Christmas with the Devons, coming out on December 29th, so I shall always remember Christmas 1914, especially the 28th.
On that day we had a terrible thunderstorm, but the Devons stuck it well. It must have been painful for the Germans because the wind and the rain were right in their faces. It was fairly cold here during the Christmas, but our men got plenty of warm clothing with a skin jacket. In fact we fare better than the Germans in this respect.
I was glad to see on your letter how well the Cullompton Cyclists have come out during the war. I was surprised to hear that Mr. Peters* had finished up with business and had offered his services. His action is a great example to the young men of Cullompton. Mr. Peters had his whole heart and soul in the Territorials.
I am keeping well and have not yet had a scratch."