Erroll Pilkington Gillespie Letters
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the glasses that Mr Cross presented me with, they seem very good glasses, & its most interesting to have them with me, & be able to turn them on these different boats. We have on board about 1400 troops, made up from drafts from different parts of Canada, another boat just along side has well over that number & of course with U.S. troops included we would make up quite a decent little army! So far our only escort is one cruiser U.S.N. Montana she is quite a useful looking boat though, & it is a comfort to see her steaming well ahead on the lookout in case of trouble. Of course the real danger does not begin until we get within about a couple of days off Ireland then I believe quite a foray of cruisers & torpedo boats come out & meet us & escort us in. This scheme of convoy is exactly your scheme which you said they would have to adopt, do you remember? I have to be more or less careful what I put in my letters now, as I don't want to annoy the Censor, perhaps
BC Archives MS-2685 Box 17 File 3
OLIVER, William Edgar, 1867-1920. Victoria; lawyer. Erroll P. Gillespie, correspondence outward, 1917-1919.