Month: June 2013

Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 9, 1917 Somewhere in France

Don’t faint people, it’s only me at last found time to drop you a few lines to let you know I am well and extremely happy as Jim and Fred are with me at last. I received your letter of Jan. 10 just after my birthday. Oh yes folks, I celebrated my 25th birthday in lively style all right. I can’t tell you about it here but hope to be able to relate it to you all before another year rolls around. I received the parcel from the ladies of Boissevain. I wish you would acknowledge same with my thanks through the columns of the Boissevain Recorder as I have not the time nor talent to compose a suitable reply to same. Fred just got his Xmas cake about three days ago but it came though jake. Tell Elliott to get me the best straight-bladed razor and strap he can buy. Get the barber to hone s...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 5, 1917 Boissevain, Man.

My darling Baby Boy, I hope you are not suffering too much from the cold although the papers say it is the coldest in France since the war begun. Is it muddy or is the mud frozen? The papers say the U.S. is on the verge of breaking with Germany. Sissy Wilson [U.S. President Woodrow Wilson] must be getting tired of writing notes. What do you think? Well I sincerely hope it will help bring the war to a close. There is quite a lot of talk about scarlet fever spreading in town. A week ago Jean Cameron took it and today Evelyn came home with the news several more had it. Do you know anything about the 222nd band? There was a report last week that Lightfoot was returning to Canada and bringing the band back with him. I suppose for the purpose of recruiting. I wish you would give me a li...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Feb. 9, 1917 Somewhere in France

My dear Mother, Here I am again to tell you that we (Cliff included) are well and I sincerely hope this finds you the same. We all have slight colds but you needn’t worry as they are not unusual here at this time of the year. Well Mussie, we moved up to the battalion and I want to tell you that Cliff and us had some great talks. Cliff looks fine and is fully as fat as when he first enlisted. I was surprised after his long stay in the hospital. He is with A Company and Fred and I are in C Company. However A and C usually work together so we are really not split at all. Fred was a very happy boy a couple of days ago. Even more so than usual but there was a reason. First he got his Christmas cake from you and then he seen Cliff a few hours later when he was returning from up the line...

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