Letters from the Front

Witness to Events

Letters to and from the soldiers at the front were the only way of passing information back and forth between loved ones at home. Most of these have been lost to time. Some that survived are shown in this section. It is likely that many of the ones transcribed from newspapers have been edited before their initial publication . If you have letters that you would like to share on this page, please contact marc. Clicking on the "Submitted" field will display the most recent entries at the top of the page.

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1/24/1916 Ira Henry Huehn Private collection Letter from France to cousin in Canada 11/3/2014 Tom Reitz
6/16/1916 Lt. Ervin Simeon Conrad Private Letter Letter home while resting at Reninghelst with the 31st Battalion 8/5/2014 NiagaraHistory
6/5/1916 Lt. Ervin Simeon Conrad Private Letter Ordered to the front at the Battle of Mount Sorrel with the 31st Battalion 8/5/2014 NiagaraHistory
5/6/1915 Major Herbert Gourlay Wickens, 3rd Battalion C.E.F. Red Deer News Letter from the Front - 2nd Battle of Ypres 3/20/2014 M. I. Pirie
9/17/1916 Pte. Ernest March Wakelyn The Calgary Daily Herald Pte. Ernest Wakelyn, 31st Battalion, writes about the battle of the Somme 10/7/2013 Marika I. Pirie
1/31/1916 Pte. Wilbert Harvey Spaul Toronto Star Pte. Wilbert Harvey Spaul writes about Christmas with the 15th Battalion C.E.F. in Belgium. 7/2/2013 M. I. Pirie
12/29/1915 Col. J. A. Roberts Toronto Star Dr. J. A. Roberts writes from University Base No. 4 General Hospital, Salonika 6/28/2013 Marika I. Pirie
1/21/1916 Pte. Alan James Manderson Toronto Star Christmas Concert for Canadians in France - December 1915 6/23/2013 M. I. Pirie
2/12/1918 Flight Sub-Lieut. Andrew Gordon Beattie Toronto Star Lieut. Beattie Escapes German Prison 6/6/2013 Marika I. Pirie
7/15/1916 Pte. James Halford Dodd Toronto Star Pte. James Halford Hall describes how he was wounded at Sanctuary Wood. 6/3/2013 M. I. Pirie
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