Tuesday Wrote letters to Janie & responded to the photo’s Having a pretty easy time
The other Canadians, however, are hard at work. Gordon Brown is on the firing range today, taking his turn with observation from the air. He told his mother that they did “pretty well.”(1)
After his first muddy experience, which resulted in the hasty purchase of rubber boots, conditions improved: “The ground at Salisbury Plain is chalky and so mostly unfit for cultivation and, unless frozen, is very muddy. However, except for the first couple of days, the ground was fairly hard and so not so bad as if it had been warmer.”(1)
(1) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, January 20, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project. The photograph of Gordon Brown, taken while he was at Witley, is available from the same source.