Cecil Gray Frost (1897-1947) WW1 Correspondence  
6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
Cecil Gray Frost (1897-1947)
WW1 Correspondence 1917-1919

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Postmarked London W.C. 1.15 a.m. 4th February 1918

[LMF Notes]  L.M.F. was on leave in England and just missed C.G.F. who came on leave, as will be noted, by a very few minutes.  L.M.F. was returning to France.
C.G.F. had received leave in an incredibly short time, only having been in France for some three months.  Due to changes in rosters this sometimes happened.
The Imperial Hotel, Russell Square, London, W.C.
Dear Mater et Pater -

Well here I am greatly to my surprise on leave already.  I hadn’t expected to go for another month or two.  However we had three casualties amongst our officers which brought my leave much sooner than I had expected so here I am.

I regret to say that when I landed in Folkestone yesterday I had to cable for £30, or $150.  If I had been in France for another month or two I might have been able to save $100, or so.  However my leave came through and I only had two alternatives.  Refuse it and perhaps not get another for six months or cable for money.  I felt that I should take the leave as when a fellow is in this game he never knows if he is going to get another or not.  I cabled – “Leave, send Thirty Pounds “Royalbank” – Cecil Frost.”  So I expect that Dad will know exactly what to do.  Have it sent to the Royal Bank as per usual only quickly as possible.  I am going up to the Royal tomorrow and will tell them what I have done and to let me know exactly when it comes.

Might say I am awfully disappointed.  I was so glad that my leave came through as I thought I should be able to spend a few days with Leslie who as of course you know has been on leave.  Well I rushed right through to London and inquired at the Strand Palace but they told me that he had gone.  I was awfully disappointed.  I cam back about an hour later and found a note from him saying that he had heard that I was here and was just around the corner in the wash room.  However he was leaving at once as he had to return.  Now wasn’t that hard luck.  However I am going to have a real good time and try and spend as little money as I can – I hope that you have cabled the necessary.  “ I will let you know when it comes.”  Thanks muchly.

With the very best of love -

Cecil.  (I have 14 days)

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