Letters From The Bowes Brothers – June 18, 1916 Camp Hughes, Manitoba

February 12, 2013 by Tom MacGregor

James and Fred Bowes have arrived at the former Camp Sewell now called Camp Hughes. The Duke of Connaught is the Governor General of Canada.

Dear Mother,

Well Musie, here it’s Sunday and a most beautiful day at that. Fred got a letter from you today. At least I am sure it was your writing on the envelope. I trust that you and all the rest are well. Fred and I are both well and having as good a time as could be expected.

I wrote to Dad, Cliff and Elliott yesterday morning. It started to rain early in the morning and we didn’t go on parade until 11 a.m. as Saturday afternoon is a half holiday in the camp, we didn’t have long on parade. Was at church this morning along with the rest of the battalion.

Bill King got a month’s cookhouse fatigue for disobeying some order. Keep it quiet though as no doubt his mother would hate to hear of it. Fred is behaving just fine. He has quit fooling in the ranks and consequently his fatigue duties are somewhat reduced.

There is quite a bunch in camp today from outside points but so far haven’t seen anyone from Boissevain.

Haven’t seen a drunk in camp since I have been here. It sure is a blessing that the canteen is dry.

Have you had any word from Cliff since you last wrote? If so, how is he?

We have a big inspection here on June 30th by H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught. Everyone must be present so cannot be home July 1st.

Must close, dearest Mum, as news is rather scarce. Will write again soon. Don’t worry, Mother, Fred and I are O.K.

As ever, your loving son,

James

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