My brother gave me a copy of a letter he had in his possession from another of our Uncles from Hespeler who served in the 2nd World War. Following is the letters contents.
August 17 1941
I received a copy of D.W. and W bugle last night when I came on duty and was really pleased to read all the local news. I’m writing this on duty so if it seems rather disjointed it is because i had to get up to quiet a wild bunch of Irishman we have here one with a fractured skull and when i say wild Irishman I mean exactly that.
The first thing that caught my eye were the pictures. They really looked interesting, but you know I worked at all those jobs and somehow or other they never looked the same to me. Still I would not mind taking a whirl at it again. Maybe I will after this issue is over.
How is Red Wilfong, is he still in the dye house and Bill Clark,Shorty Reid and all the old gang. Is Jimmy Tordoff still on the tubs or has he decided to quit washing Khaki and start wearing it. By the look of the paper the mill must be getting a pretty good going over. Is Red Watson and his trusty .38 still guarding the back of the dye house. Oh yes one more thing i probably should know myself. Who is the patriotic society I have received two parcels from them and did not know whom I should send a letter of thanks. whoever they are must be getting the idea that i’m not grateful.
Next time you go through the dye house will you remind Jim Cutting that he still owes me that letter he promised a year ago. Since coming over here I have run across most of the boys in the 1st division. Just out of curiosity who is June Whorly, I have never heard of her myself but she seems to be creating a sensation among the boys of this unit.
I’ve been here eight months now and I think we have had rain 5 or 6 days a week every week. It never rains in Scotland I’ve been there twice and it rained both times. Next time I’m going to Ireland.Most letters that I have read that fellows have written to the reporter have been very elaborate in describing the beauty of the country,the hospitality of the people. I will admit that the people as a whole are hospitable.Only it is pretty hard to convince some of them that the people of Canada don’t ride down main trails waving tomahawks.
Due to the scarcity of films and the fact that the sun never shines people over here don’t take many pictures. but this one was taken in the surgical ward. Never mind i cant find it,here is another one instead. tell John From if he is still in the dye house that he might as well stay where he is, they have no schnapps here and the beer is terrible.
Well i guess that’s just about winds up the news, although it seems that i all i have done is ask questions, so I’ll say, as they say in Scotland
Canadian Army Overseas.