Witley, February 16, 1917

Friday   Passed the AM away cleaning up for inspection this PM t’was called off Weather is great

Perhaps the reason the inspection was called off is that the camp “power station [was] wrecked by fire.”(1) William Calder complained that “in consequence we have no lights except candles which makes things pretty dreary & also helps to make a ‘hole in our pocket.'” (2)


Like Percy, William is doing a lot of harness cleaning:

“The weather is pretty warm now, but it rains all the time & the mud is fierce; so you can immagin [sic] the job I have with my harness: it means working on it almost every night so I do not get much time to write to any one except you at home.”(2)

William, like Gordon Brown, seems to have purchased tall rubber boots last month to deal with the Salisbury Plain mud:

“The big boots are the clear rig for this weather, never have wet feet with them at all – that is why I have had no colds since before Christmas.” (2)

That’s the sort of thing a parent wants to hear.

(1) Wills, Archie. Diary. 4:6. February 16, 1917. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.
(2) Calder, William George. Letter to his father, February 20, 1917. Available from the Canadian Letters and Images Project. His letter begins: “My Dear Papa, Just a short line tonight before I role [sic] in, you know some times after I write you a letter I feel as if I had had a talk with you & I feel better after it.”

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”

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