26th August 1918 HMB
My dearest Father
Thank you and Mother very much indeed for your generous birthday presents which duly arrived at the CL. I had quite a gay birthday as several people knew of it, how I don’t quite know.
Before I forget, I am coming home about the 10th I think and shall come straight home as Isabel Beatty has got mumps and will not be out of quarantine.
My conge paper has arrived and so have my promotion papers I am only awaiting my rank badges to blossom forth in all my glory and chevrons too. My paper is being signed for the latter and I shall get them in a few days. Fraser, my friend and one of the nurses has been in bed for a week with a quinsy and then had 5 days con: leave after that and Stephenson has been away with boils and con: leave at Etretat so I have had a very hard time this last 12 days and I am thankful to have Fraser back this morning. I had a long letter from Lance about two days ago: I will bring it home for you to read.
We had a tennis match with the VADs at No 11 yesterday but they beat us. We lost in doubles and drew in singles. They were in practise and we weren’t. They have a rough cinder court, not very true, but still they can play there when they will and that makes a lot of odds.
I must stop to catch the post.
Best love to you all
Your loving Dorothy.