“Enchanting Encampments”

The Globe reporter confessed that it would be easy to get lost in Camp Petawawa, if one didn’t have a guide. I suspect he was guided carefully around the camp to see its best aspects: certainly his description of the accommodation doesn’t match Percy’s experience:

13 Left section horse and tent lines

 

“No lengthy camp lines weary the eye, because they are hidden away among the trees, where the weary soldiery, after many a hard day’s toil in a broiling sun, may repair for a night’s restful repose instead of suffering in a sometimes super-heated bell tent exposed to all the vagaries of the elements.” (1)

 

There were indeed rather more pastoral scenes (2):

Stratton_photo.b.training.2.afront.Petawawa.July6.1916

 

 

 

 

The reporter seemed unable to decide between bucolic beauty and urban efficiency. He described, with equal enthusiasm “winding lanes, neatly fenced, laid out as though to please a landscape gardener rather than the precise military mind, [which added] touches of beauty and picturesqueness to the camp,” and “modern macadamized roads that would put many provincial cities and towns to shame, spread like a spider’s web across, through and round about the camp.”(1)

(1) The Globe (1844-1936). July 1, 1916. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.
(2) Stratton, Charles Roy. Photograph.”Our tent lines at Petawawa  July 6 – 16.” Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

The “Left section” photograph is from Percy’s large album.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”
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