“Large white tents”

“Everywhere you look, one sees the large white tents we have. The tents are round and there are seven or eight of us to a tent.” (1) So wrote Gordon Brown to his mother shortly after his arrival at Camp Petawawa. Brown was gunner in the 50th (Queen’s) Battery. _photo.b.training.2.afront.Petawawa.July6.1916

At the end of May, it could be cold under canvas:

It turned very cold last night and we were none too warm in the tents. Each of us has three blankets and a waterproof rubber cloth to put on the ground. Two slept together so that I had three blankets beneath & three & my greatcoat above. I also left most of my clothes on as did the others. Even so, it got cold towards morning. It won’t be so cold tonight I don’t think. It has been very hot in the sun this p.m.(1)

(1) Robert Gordon Brown. Letter to his mother, May 31, 1916, in the The Canadian Letters and Images Project.

The photograph, dated July 6, 1916, is from the collection of Charles Roy Stratton, of the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, in the The Canadian Letters and Images Project.


Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”
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