Letters From The Bowes Brothers

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Letters From The Bowes Brothers – Nov. 20, 1920

Imperial War Graves Commission 33-38 Baker Street, London, England This is the final letter in the Bowes Brothers collection. The newly named Imperial War Graves Commission promises that Clifford Bowes will be commemorated. It lived up to that promise and he is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, which honours more than...
  • Dear Mother, After 13 days weary travel we have at last arrived in England. We are not at Shorncliffe but at Bramshott Camp, two miles from Liphook and 40 from the city of London. Canada is indeed a fine country but for a tidy place...
  • My own dear Mother, No doubt you will have received my cards before this is sent to the rest of the family. When I am taking my last look at Canada for some time, my thoughts are of my own dear mother left far behind...
  • Clifford has received letters from his young sister Evelyn and youngest brother Fred. He mentions his wife (Gladys) in Elgin, Man., about 45 kilometres, northwest of Boissevain, but he is only engaged to marry her. Dear Mother, Another letter received from you today also Evelyn...
  • 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...
  • by Tom MacGregor “This is the saddest letter I will ever have to write,” so begins a letter by 25-year-old Clifford Bowes written near Vimy Ridge in the weeks preceding the big battle when Canadian troops would so distinguish themselves. In that letter he has...