Letters from the Front

Lt. Ervin Simeon Conrad

Letter home while resting at Reninghelst with the 31st Battalion

Private Letter published Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Friday, June 16, 1916

Transcribed by: NiagaraHistory

A letter written home by E.S. Conrad of Stettler, Alberta while serving with the 31st Battalion.  After fighthing in the Hooge area, the 31st Battalion is ordered to Reninghelst and billeted at Camp 'H' where Ervin penned another letter home to his sister Viola.


                                                                        June 16th, 1916

My Dear Sister,

            Just a few lines to let you know that so far I am still o.k., and I sincerely hope that I will continue to remain so.

            Well sis, we had some awful times in the last three weeks.  We have lost an awful number of men.  It started from the night I scribbled you the few lines in a hurt.  But, thank God, I am still here.

             I am sending a few flowers I picked in a city a mile from where the battle was fought.  We won, but I have lost my best friends.  But this is the way of war: here today, tomorrow somewhere.

     Well sis, how is everything around home? It must be nice there at present.  I wish I was there; but never mind, while there is life there is hope.

     Well sis, I am too tired to write. In fact, there is nothing to write about; so give my love to all.


Yours Loving


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