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Monday, March 16, 2015

1915, March 16th. Charley's 23rd letter home from France. WW1

March 16th, 1915

France Con                         
Dear MotherN. Finch /           
Congratulations, better late than never.  Say Mother what Birthday is it the 42nd or 43rd.  Do you remember four years ago on your birthday I left for Brock Sask?  Believe me that was some experience to me.

Say Mother did you ever write Scammel on Edmonton and Portage about my coat.  If you haven’t I wish you would let me know in your next letter and I will drop him a line myself.  Just to remind him of it.  The pockets and sleeves were beginning to wear a little so I told him to put some beaver trimmings on it.

I suppose you have heard all about the great advance the British have been making in the past few days.   

We have been getting in a terrible lot of wounded the last week or so and do you remember the Regiment in Winnipeg, called the 90th, well we have some of their wounded here as well as the Princess Pats.  But things in general are just about the same in this locality.  As you know it is just about the routine every day.  

I had a letter from Ina the other day and if Aunt Rache could have seen it she sure would have been surprised Did they tell you of Ina going into the city to a Hockey game.  Well she went down with Fairburn and Ireland and her were together all the evening.  That fellow Si must sure be a country lad.  But for goodness sake don’t you ever say anything to anybody at Portage because I am kind of a confidential go between to all of them.  “Do you understand what I mean”

They say that the Second Con are in Salisbury Plains now.  If that is the case I may be able to see J Ross before long. I hope so.

Well Mother as I have said in previous letters that is very hard to write an interesting letter from here.  So remember me to Dad and V.V. and write soon



Charlie went to Brock Saskatchewan in March 1911 (to work?  study ? do survey work?  to visit relatives?)

Charley's mother; Jennie Howie / Bailey / Lloyd was born in Portage la Prairie Manitoba Canada about 1872 which would have made it her forty third birthday in 1915.

During the First World War the 90th Regiment “Winnipeg Rifles” contributed to the 8th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) on its formation in September 1914, and later recruited for the 44th, 90th, 144th, 190th and 203rd Battalions, CEF. The 8th Battalion served in France and Flanders with the 2nd Infantry Brigade, 1st Canadian Division from 13 February 1915 until the Armistice. The 44th, 90th, 144th, 190th and 203rd Battalions provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field. The Rifles also contributed two companies as reinforcements to the 27th Battalion, CEF. Source

Friday, March 13, 2015

March 13 1915, Charley's 22nd letter home from France. WW1

March 13th, 1915

Dear Sister

          Just received Mothers letter with yours enclosed and needless to say I was very glad to hear that you won the Silver medal at the Lit.  Let me ask you if that was just a Lit for the girls or for all the College.  When I went to Brandon College there was just one Lit for the whole College and it was held on Friday evenings.
          Say V-V has the Arts held their usual Annual Banquet.  If there are any old students of 1910 ask them if they remember the Arts Banquet of that year.  There were a few of us fellows waiting on table during the time that they were making speeches I went upstairs to Clark Hall and got Isabel Drummond who was in charge to wake up some of the girls and come down to the servants Dining Room where we had a banquet of our own.
          Miss Whiteside was the Matron there.  We were all reported and poor Isabel was not allowed outside of the Building for six weeks.  Ask Jack (Evans) if he remembers the time.  He was in First year arts then.
          Well V-V lately there has been a terrible lot of wounded coming in.  We have had two trainloads in the last two days.  Among them Princess Pats and some of the 90th from Winnipeg.   It seems all the harder when you find men that you knew at home with a bullet in them, away out in this country.
          Around this neighbourhood there are three large Hospitals and we have had the least deaths of any of them.  So you see we have some very clever surgeons here.
          Well sister it makes letter writing very difficult when you can not say anything in your letters in regard to the movement of our troops etc.  So I will come to a close Remember me to your little roommate that wrote to Mother and write soon.  Every success in all your studies and exams.


Sunday, March 8, 2015

March 8, 1915. Charley's 21st letter home from France. WW1

March 8th, 1915 France
Dear Mother

Have been on sick list today. Yesterday I went out and played a game of Baseball, as you know I have not played ball since I played in Saskatoon in Rosetown. So you can imagine how I feel today.
Tell Dad I received his 
interesting letter also one from V-V, she also told me about the trouble you are having with the cooks. Ha ha!
I can imagine you firing them. The way you used to do in Dauffin.

Say Mother tell me is there anything wrong in the Richmond family. Do not say any thing to anyone other than Dad but I hear from them once and a while and judging from some of their letters I came to the conclusion that they are scared that Rachie is a little weak minded at times. “Remember say nothing.”

Things here are just about the same only there has been no wounded coming in lately as there has been no fighting of any account.

Tomorrow evening the boys are giving a concert to the patients and have invited the sisters and officers. I told you before that we have accommodation for two extra hundred patients in tents.

I was in to Paris (Plaza) the other day and intended getting a few views of the place to send to you but as usual I forgot and came back without them.

Well Mother remember me to Dad and VV and sincerely hope this finds you in good health and spirit.

Lovingly, Chas

March 8th 1915 Letter Pg 1 from the Charley Bailey Collection
March 8th 1915 Letter Pg 2 from the Charley Bailey Collection

March 8th 1915 Letter Pg 3 from the Charley Bailey Collection
Rachel Howie was Jennie’s older sister by two years. Born in 1870 in High Bluff Manitoba, Rachie married James Richmond in 1886. Children: Harry Richmond b:1888, Annie Spence Richmond b:1890, Ruby Richmond b: 1894 and Ina Richmond b: 1894 Aunt Rachie’s children were Charley's & V-V’s cousins and friends.