File - E#5: July - September 1916

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E#5: July - September 1916

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  • Letter of July 1, 1916 (typed transcript only, no original): Fred describes volunteering for a mission to set up a new Observation Post and sees the front lines. *Letter of July 3, 1916 (typed transcript only, no original): Fred is back on the horse lines, tells a story of Ralph Connor and German planes flying above his position. *Letter of July 4, 1916 (typed transcript of excerpts only, no original): Fred describes the countryside at the horse lines and the front. He delineates why the Allies will win the war. *Letter of July 11, 1916 (typed transcript only, no original): Fred writes of his activities during quiet times at the horse lines, including seeing a Chaplin film. He hears some of Frank's flying experiences through Arthur. *Letter of July 14, 1916: (typed transcript of excerpts only, no original): Fred writes of letters he receives from various people. Letter of July 23, 1916: Fred notes the inaccuracy of Canadian papers he reads other than the official communiqués they contain. Letter of July 27, 1916: Fred tells of busy times at the guns and digging trenches, tells of Frank flying planes over to France. Five sargeants in his battery are recommended for commissions. Letter of July 28, 1916: Fred writes of taking a gun back to the shop for overhauling where he sees more of the country. Letter of August 3, 1916 (no typed transcript): Fred writes of his first cold since enlisting and digging more trenches. Letter of August 8 & 9, 1916: Fred tells of Frank crashing a plane. Fred writes of suffrage and a clear night filled with the sound of war. Letter of August 21, 1916: Fred has been busy at the horse lines preparing for an inspection but is now on the guns and is temporarily in charge. He describes an electric lighting system they've installed in the gun pit. Letter of August 23, 1916: Fred is proud of Edith's myriad of summer activities. Letter of August 24, 1916: Fred responds to news of Edith falling off a horse. Letter of September 11, 1916: Fred writes of being very busy and being in a German trench (the Somme). He is weary of letter censorship. Letter of September 18, 1916 (no typed transcript): Fred writes of hauling ammunition and crossing German lines marked by heavy artillery. His battery receives another casualty. Letter of September 21, 1916 (no typed transcript): Fred responds to news in Edith's letters of her achievements and activities. Letter of September 26, 1916 (no typed transcript): Fred writes he is very busy but received three letters from Edith. Letter of September 27, 1916: Fred is at the guns, describes his tasks and living quarters, details German bunker craftsmanship. He gives an update on Arthur and Frank.

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  • Box: A2008-156, Box 0002
  • Folder: File 0012