Hotel Dorvaux. Boulogne
Just a hurried line to let you know that we got across all right today & are going on tomorrow. The sea was positively glass-like & we got across very comfortably in spite of a fairly thick mist which enshrouded the channel. I met the R.T.O. Saward ? as soon as we arrived – he is the man who put me up for the night last time I was here. He is coming to dinner with us tonight as also is Moffat another of the railway gang we met at Marseilles. He is a cheery fellow & I was quite glad to see him again for a few minutes. Apparently today was the first day of the very early start form Victoria & only a few knew about it. The result was we had comparatively few officers returning with us. The Mans Card Depot is at present closed, but will open in the morning when I hope to be able to arrange everything satisfactorily.
The birds are so far all right & unless we get seriously hung up ought to last all right. The hamper was so large that I dispensed altogether with the black haversack, & have left it at the flat for Dad to call for anytime en passant. I have just met a man in a tea shop that I have not seen for ages. I first saw him – not to speak to – in a theatre at Luton. Next in March 1916 in a dug-out where I again recognized him, &, if I remember right had tea with him. And now I spotted him again. He tells me Boosey is acting Staff Captain of his Brigade, & is consequently a mighty man.