Letters From Bill

Be part of our online community by reading and responding to a unique collection of wartime letters from Private Bill Cameron who grew from boy to soldier during the Second World War.

Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Oct. 17, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Today was really swell with four grand letters…Sure I wrote and asked Alison for my effects Mum, you don’t think I am that slow do you? Alison is engaged Mum but not to this kid but some other Canadian boy. I never had such a good laugh for a long time, it was really funny. Alison’s girlfriend Muriel, who Johnny went with while we were there on leave, wrote and told him about the engagement. Evidently she and Alison figured I was madly in love with Miss Hardie and they decided not to tell me while I was sick since the shock might cause a relapse. Well when Johnnie got this in Muriel’s letter he immediately told me when he came down, we really had a swell laugh. Anyway I immediately wrote to Alison congratulating her before she could tell me so w...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Oct. 11, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Going to have another little try at it and hope I have a little news. Received your letter written Oct. 1st and the parcel mailed Sept. 6th. That is pretty fast, eh?  As soon as the nurses saw it they came in and looked it all over, they eat as much of the parcels as I do. They thank you very much, but Sister Aiken was disappointed because there weren’t any Scotch cake.  They all went after the box of chocolates, but I had that before them. The parcel is swell Mum and thanks a million, guess I didn’t lose my taste for Grape Jelly either. Johnnie was down to see me last Saturday evening and it was good to see him again.  He had a boil on his wrist which was the reason he couldn’t come down the week before. They wouldn’t give him a pass. The re...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Oct. 3, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis, Commando Jack, Here I am again, but can’t promise you how long I will be able to write because in a short while I am going to the operating room. The M.O. (Medical Officer) is taking out the small tube and putting in a bigger one. Whatever the reason is I don’t know, they just took a big tube out the other day and put a small one in. Now they are reversing it again. They also discovered I have a piece of shrapnel in the calf of my right leg. It isn’t very serious so do not worry about that. What I am mad at is the fact that we had steak, onions and mashed potatoes for dinner and because I am going to the operating room, I can’t have anything to eat. Just so I wouldn’t miss out I got the Sister to put mine away until this evening. Really had a swell surprise yesterday w...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Sept. 27, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Back again folks with some news which isn’t so good, at least it disappointed me. ….Today the Doctor told me I would be going back to my unit some time before too long. I can’t understand it myself, but I guess I didn’t do enough the first time. He said I would be here for another two weeks and then to a convalescent home. Don’t know how long I will be there but after that I go to the holding unit and from there to the Essex Scottish or wherever they want to send me. The Sisters can’t understand it, they say I should be home, but I guess it is Belgium for me. It looks like a fellow has to get killed or get both legs off before he gets out or I just don’t know the right people. I don’t mind going back if I have to but I thought I went through mine....
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Sept. 23, 1944

Dear Mum, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, …Before I went to France I sent all my snaps and a few odds and ends to Alison to keep for me. I have a good notion to write and ask her to send them back to me now. She wrote to me some time ago and I’ve never answered, guess I should have been polite but I just couldn’t be bothered. You told me she sent you snaps of the family…I guess you know she was just company for a lonely soldier! You can probably see that this writing is not so good, but please blame it on the pen.  You see Johnny was down to see me last evening and he brought this pen to me. He said it was an extra one he had and I find it a bit strange to write with.  He sure is a swell fellow and I thought it was darn nice of him to bring it to me. He comes to see me every week and I c...
Letters From Bill

Letters From Bill – Sept. 19, 1944

Dear Mom, Dad, Sis and Jack the Commando, Another swell day folks with three letters from you…Guess I missed all the fun back there.  Three weddings since I left that I sure wanted to attend, but it is too late now. The old love bug sure went to town on the people of Hopewell, there won’t be a darn soul left when I get there. Things are much the same over here with me. I am getting better…but it seems so darn slow.  That is natural I guess for a fellow as sick as I was. Yesterday, was fine and  was outside for a very short walk with the able assistance of one of the fellows. It wasn’t very far but it was sure good to get outside. Pretty soon I will be running around again. There is no more news of me going home. Guess I won’t make it. They will probably put me in some place over here as ...

Sign up today for a FREE download of Canada’s War Stories

Free e-book

An informative primer on Canada’s crucial role in the Normandy landing, June 6, 1944.