Meanwhile, back in Petawawa

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“Rail Birds, Petawawa” From Percy’s small album

Other brigades are getting restless, hanging around in Petawawa. It is a full week since the 12th left for Amherst, and Gordon Brown is complaining to his mother:

We are still here and nothing definite yet. Lt. Col. Roy, second in command in this camp, doesn’t like the 13th Bde and our O.C. in particular and would like to keep us here I imagine. He says we are the poorest brigade in camp and our battery the worst in the brigade. But others who know say that that is not so at all. There are rumours that we will be kept here awhile, rumours that we will parade in Ottawa in a week or so at Exhibition time and so on. There is practically no chance of our going inside a week now anyway.(1)

At least the weather is good: “It is plenty cold enough here at nights now, but usually fairly warm in daytime. Several nights lately, there have been beautiful northern lights in the sky, also some pretty sunsets.” (1) He was grateful for new socks.

(1) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, September 3, 1916. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”



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