Wintry Witley Weather

November 18, 1916

The weather has taken a turn for the worse over the past few days: “[Yesterday] we saw our first natural ice in this country. There were icicles in our washroom. The weather is very cold and we have to pile on all the clothes we can find to keep warm. Today we had our first snow and it was very cold. Over an inch of snow fell.” (1)

soldiers in the snow witley enhanced.jpg

They were warm enough at night, or so they reassured their mothers: “At night we have lots of blankets and sleep two together so that we are real warm and comfortable.” (2)

(1) Wills, Archie. Diary.3: 83. November 13,-18, 1916. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) Brown, Robert Gordon. Letter to his mother, November 18, 1916. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

The photograph is from Wills, Archie. All in a Lifetime [photograph album]. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”
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