Letters

Pte. Alvin Cameron served with the Royal Canadian Regiment and died in Sicily on July 21, 1943. He was buried in the Agira Cemetery. This is a letter returned to Mr. Cameronís brother, Christie, after Mr. Cameron's death. In it, Mr. Cameron speaks of very simple "home things" that he wanted to share with his brother.

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"Laurie" Sherman served with the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and was killed at Monte Cassino on May 23, 1944. Jim Wilson was part of the First Special Services Force, known as the "Black Devils." In this letter, dated May 18, 1944, Mr. Sherman tells Mr. Wilson how he yearns to return to civilian life. Mr. Wilson received the letter six days after Mr. Sherman died.

The letter from Mr. Sherman to his parents, continued.

Writing on the inside of a Christmas card.

A Christmas card, 1944.

An Easter card from the 2nd Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment bearing a hopeful poem inside.

Earl Green served as an anti-aircraft gunner with the 2nd Canadian Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery, 1st Canadian Division. He landed in Sicily on April 3, 1943, fought in Ortona and later took part in the liberation of Holland. On these watercolour postcards of Italy, Mr. Green describes the scenery.

George Shaw served with the Seaforth Highlanders in Italy and was killed in combat on October 22, 1944. These postcards from his travels around Italy depict a monastery in Avellino, the post office in Benevento and a pair of bronze doors in Benevento.

On these postcards, Canadian serviceman George Shaw gives a detailed description of the places, often commenting on the changes after bombing and fighting in the area.

Postcard observances of Italian landmarks.

The transcript of a letter written to a soldier's daughter, who was born nine months after he was shipped overseas. The soldier was reunited with his wife and child upon his return from the war.

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Robert Langille served with the Pictou Highlanders and the Royal Canadian Engineers in Italy. He was killed on December 8, 1943. This is a 1943 Christmas card that Mr. Langille sent to his son and daughter.

Writing on a postcard sent by Canadian serviceman Robert Langille.

A letter that Canadian serviceman Kenneth MacNeil wrote to his wife while he was in hospital. The letter recounts many of his memories since arriving in Italy, including descriptions of the country's beauty and surreal feeling of actually getting to the front lines to fight for his family.

John Pringle served in the Canadian Army in Italy. He wrote this, postmarked Dec. 6, 1943, to his parents. On page two, he describes being enroute to a destination somewhere, but he wonít provide any detail beyond that. Mr. Pringle says he is enjoying the trip and comments on some of the food the soldiers are being fed.

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Stan Scislowski served with the Perth Regiment in Italy. In this Easter letter that he sent to his family, he is hopeful that he will enjoy next Easter at home with them.

Donald Smith served with the Carleton and York Regiment. This is a Canadian Pacific Telegraph officially stating that Mr. Smith had been wounded in April of 1945 by a bomb fragment.

Bruce Vale served with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at Number 3 and Number 5 General Hospital and with the Light Field Ambulance. In these two airgraphs to Inez, the first dated July 23, 1943, Mr. Vale says the first Italian words that soldiers learned were Buon giorgno, mia dio vino rosso (Good day, my God red wine). He ends this letter with Arivederci mia moglie, suo affezionato marito (Goodbye my..., your affectionate husband).

Captain George Edgar Broomhall served in Sicily and Italy with the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Mr. Broomhall sent several letters to his daughter, Anne, in Canada. He illustrated these letters in the margins as Anne was only five years old when he went overseas.

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A letter that Captain George Edgar Broomhall sent home to his daughter Anne.

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L. Brady served with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery in Italy from 1943 to 1945. He has since passed away, but when he was alive he always spoke fondly of Italy, according to his family. This is a Christmas letter he sent to the woman who eventually became his wife

L. Brady wrote this letter to his future wife on November 3, 1944, before his regiment had arrived in Ortona. In it, he talks about being filthy and how he is looking forward to a good long soak in the tub when he arrives home. He also tells her that he will be spending Christmas at home with her next year.

A letter that Captain George Edgar Broomhall sent home to his daughter Anne.

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A poem written to a loved one back at home.


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