Just a very hurried line scribbled at the bottom of a Boche dug—out – unshaved & unwashed for 3 days but feeling uncommonly fit. Moreover victorious as perhaps you have already gathered from the papers. The Btn has fought two battles in the last few days – in fact since I last wrote – and has done magnificently on both occasions. In the first, five platoons of ours – at the most 130 men – went clean through a village held by 3 Boche battalions, brought out some 150 prisoners , and killed most of the rest. I don’t believe any troops ever fought better; certainly none could have been in better spirits. They all enjoyed themselves. Even the wounded were yelling with delight and cheering others on. I never want to see better men. The second was a larger show, and is now history, so I need not tell you anything about it. Padre Buck was wonderful – led a large body of men who had gone astray in the fog, and got them into the fight in spite of a barrage – went off to rescue a man from a blazing tank, and got hit, died soon afterwards. He was one of the bravest men that I have ever met. Tomson I am afraid is also killed. Our casualties were very slight and we had our “tails well up”: no time for more – are working all of us with little sleep and lots of work.