Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 2, 1916 Bramshott Camp

December 18, 2012 by Tom MacGregor

Dear Fred,

Your letter received last night, so I will answer same now. As I am off duty this afternoon but am on duty tonight. I am indeed very glad to hear of your and Jim’s enlistment. Accept my heartfelt congratulations, Fred, for believe me boy, all told you sure have to have the guts and spirit to leave home and friends. However do your work with a will and you will never be sorry for your actions.

I missed the draft as they went this morning to re-enforce the 8th Battalion in France. I was sure disappointed. However it will only be a matter of few weeks before I am away. They certainly were a fine bunch of boys and we all lived in hopes till the last minute they would take all the section. We had a big sham battle here yesterday between the 44th and 50th Battalion and the 46th and 47th Battalions which we came off with flying colours. We wore full marching order and had it on from early morning till about four in the afternoon. I sure had a warm shirt when I got through as I was scout of No. 1 crew and had to do a lot doubling. However I don’t believe they could work us hard enough to make us tired as we sure are in great condition.

You will find it much more pleasant and healthier when you are able to drill outside. Are you attached to the 106th Battalion? You never told me. I suppose by now you will be finished with the bonspiel… I have got my pay book now—the ones we use at the front. So in all probability we will be away from here before long.

Your loving brother,

Cliff

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