This is the earliest of the letters in the collection. It finds Clifford Bowes arriving at Camp Sewell, east of Brandon, Man., for basic training. The camp would change its name to Camp Hughes in honour of Major-General Sir Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defence. Ada is the wife of Cliff’s older brother, Elliott.
My Dearest Mother,
Your most beautiful letter received today noon and was sure glad to hear from you although it put me most painfully in mind of our last parting. I will remember your words and always do my duty even though hard at times.
Well, we arrived here safe and sound, got yanked up before the captain for outstaying my pass and drew a two-day Confined to Barracks for it.
Well Mother, Almar Dorn is here, now also Edgar Wilson, Preacher Wilson’s son that...