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Lonesome Canadian officer yearned for a ‘peaceful' life

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Jan. 7: I went to communion this morning. It was quite a show. It was hard to keep balance whilst receiving the wine.

Jan. 9: We land in a very few minutes. It has been a very interesting day. We saw two robombs exploded in the air. They were an awful long way away so we didn't see the bombs themselves. But it was quite a reception.


Jan. 11: With luck I go on leave for nine days to-morrow. I wired Granny to-day. It will be nice seeing them again. I hope it knocks some of this lonesomeness out of me.

Jan. 22: Your description of Susan's first Christmas made me feel I could see all these things she received — and her Mummy got ‘tanked up'. And so did Granny! Shocking! I wish I could have been with you darling. But we were on the ship that day. I couldn't let you know. We were under a security guard that was real.

Jan. 24: We have completed our move. ... we have a good bunch of fellows in the hut. . . . We have started the S.P.C.E.L. — Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to the English Language. There is a fine of threepence for every cuss word.

Jan. 25: We just moved to another camp. . . . It was two months yesterday that we left Vernon and we hadn't done any thing in the meantime. . . . Our quarters are better. No warmer I'm afraid, but at least there is a place to write and a shower. . . . One thing I am happy to say — the food is good and is plentiful.

Jan. 26: Everyone seems to think the war in Europe will be over by late Spring or early Summer. I hope so. . . . (I just thought of something you can include in my parcels darling. Toilet-paper! This stuff is cruel, and not too plentiful.) . . . I have had four redirected letters from Debert, but none direct from you darling. And I am desperately short of cigarettes.

Jan. 30: Oh happy day! I received two very wonderful letters from you my darling. . . . Gosh — imagine our daughter 17¼ lbs! She must be a terrific size. . . . There is no fun being so far away and depending on snaps to watch your daughter growing up.

Feb. 5: I don't know what is happening to my mail darling. . . . all the Toronto fellows got a stack except me. But I know it isn't your fault darling. You are using the right address too. I don't understand it.

Feb. 6: Oh happy day! I received a letter this evening. . . . Believe me darling, I wish I was home too. . . . Please godam war finish soon.

Feb. 11: (I think)he wrote after the date The pay-off battle has started in Europe. I hope to get over to the unit soon — very soon. . . . I dreamed of you all last night. I hated waking up this morning. The terrible part of it was, we both knew it was a dream and we kept saying it was too bad that I'd be waking up in England.

Feb. 13: There has been no fuel at all for three days now. . . . At least we'll have hot water in the morning, I hope.

Feb. 14: Valentines Day — but I don't have to ask you to be my valentine, darling. I know you are mine. . . . I am afraid you'll have a break in your mail for a couple of days. But it is entirely out of my hands dearest. . . . Please don't worry about me. I have our love to look after me. And I'm not out for any medals or promotions. I love you and Susan too much to take any unnecessary risks.

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