Month: October 2013

Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – May 2, 1918 Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries

War Office, Winchester House, London, England   Dear Madam, In further reply to your letter I have to say that Private D.C. Bowes is reported as buried at a point South West of Zonnebeke, North East of Ypres. If at a later date the officers of the Graves Registration Units in that area are able to locate the grave, it will be registered and information will be sent to you at the first possible moment. I am very sorry not to be able to send you a more satisfactory reply. Yours faithfully Staff Captain for Brigadier-General
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Jan. 30-1918 Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries

War Office Winchester House St. James Square London, England   Dear Madam, In reply to your letter of 7th of December 1917, I regret to say that the grave of Private D.C. Bowes has not yet been located but your enquiry has been noted and I will write you again as soon as I am able to obtain any information. I am very sorry not to be able to send you a more satisfactory reply. Yours faithfully, Staff Captain for Brigadier General
Witness to Remembrance

Students At Alberta School Get Down And Dirty To Learn Wartime History

You can learn much from history books, but you can also make gains by putting yourself in the boots of a soldier. Across Canada, more and more high schools are going outside the classroom to learn what it was like to be a soldier at the front. If your school is planning a special Remembrance Day event, please let us know and we will post your comments on our Witness to Remembrance blog. Students at Eaglesham School in northwestern Alberta are a perfect example. Six years ago teacher Mike McKay got them out of the classroom and into a muddy field where they dug and occupied a trench similar to the trenches used on the Western Front during the First World War. “When students found out I was a former soldier (reservist) they would always ask questions like, ‘how many people have you ...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Dec. 19, 1917 Somewhere in France

Dear Mrs. Bowes, We are having the coldest weather just now but I am not in the line as I am at a school along with a few more. We have to work very hard but I don’t mind it a bit for change. Mrs. Bowes, it came as quite a shock to me when I heard of Clifford’s death. It was the last thing I expected would have happened to him. I know how you must feel about it and I wish you would accept my sympathy at this time but rest contented that he died doing his duty. I have not been near the 44th for some months so have not been able to learn any particulars. Boissevain has been hit pretty hard lately and I can’t help but feel it very keenly and also in another way that none but those fellows out here can feel. I always try to forget as quickly as possible but it is a hard thing for friends...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Nov. 7, 1917 France

Dear Mrs. Bowes, My heart is heavy, so I feel called upon to write you with sad and even sadder news. The only consolation I feel in writing is that when the mother at home made the initial sacrifice at home and sent their sons overseas, they, in great uncertainty, committed them to God and knew not whether any would come back. As I write you now, I feel there is no help anywhere else for you except in God when you read the sad news that the third of your three boys has passed beyond. Ever since his two brothers fell, I have tried to keep in touch with him. He was always the same boy he was when he left home. Up until almost six weeks ago, I saw him frequently. Then I was taken ill and was away from the battalion about five weeks, joining them again just before going into action, so ...
Letters From The Bowes Brothers

Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Oct. 30, 1917 France

This letter from Clifford’s friend ironically speaks of Clifford’s watch which would have been the one that his brother James gave him to keep just before he was killed. Dear Mrs. Bowes, I am sorry to inform you of your son Clifford’s death which occurred a few days ago. He was killed in action. As Cliff and I have been on intimate terms for some time, I thought it my duty to write to you. He was greatly liked by all his comrades and we were greatly grieved at his death. The night before he went into action, he gave me his watch to take care of for him. I am sending you his watch the first opportunity I get where I can register it and post it which I doubt won’t be many days. Would you kindly let me know if you received it safe and sound? If there are any particulars which you wou...

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