Witley, June 12, 1917

Tuesday          We went out for the day to the Common the weather was great and warm got back around 6:30  just missed an electric storm by 3 or 400 hundred [sic] yards I wrote Mr. Hood tonight for the first time[.] rec’d money from home and pay day

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Pond on Thursley Common (Percy’s small album)

This pastoral scene, like Percy’s diary, gives no hint of the exercises taking place:”13th Bde carried out on instructions three day scheme in ‘Moving fighting’ on FRENSHAM, HANKLEY & THURSLEY COMMONS. The Bde command was most efficient & as a unit, this Bde: is in every essential aspect ‘fit for service.'” (1)

Archie Wills tells us it was a “great storm,” the thunder “bad and the lightning very bright.”  Reason enough to be glad to be back at camp, even without the added cause for celebration of the end of Percy’s shortage of cash.  The money from home could not have been in response to his letter of June 7th: there must have been an earlier plea.

Mr. Hood is the Rev. Mr. Hood of Joliette, to whom letters could be addressed simply at the Post Office, Joliette.  I have found out nothing else about him.

(1) War Diary of the Fifth Canadian Divisional Artillery. Vol. 5 (June 1917): 1.  June 12, 1917. Library and Archives of Canada.
(2) Wills, Archie. Diary 4: 82. June 12, 1917. Archie Wills Fonds, University of Victoria Archives. Copyright 2007, University of Victoria.

Copyright 2017. See “More about this project.”



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