Deborah Florence Glassford Letters and Memorabilia
Letters written to Deborah Florence (Leighton) Glassford of Vancouver by men serving overseas, including some cards, programs and memorabilia. Learn more.
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30th Reserve Battalion CRA East Sandling Kent Monday, 5 Decr 1916
My dearest old Dodie,
Well, damn you, how the devil are you? Haven't heard from you for months- nevertheless, I thought I'd write & wish you a very Merry Xmas, notwithstanding the war & lack of men. No doubt you'll manage to have a real glorious rowdy time, anyhow, I hope you will for you deserve it for your hard work this year (some good conjunctions in this sentence).
I heard Graham Anderson had again been in hospital with his old trouble, & I also heard from a man named Daniel that Luis[?] Reeves has broken off his engagement - this ought to make Graham sit up & take notice. By the bye, Daniel, I think, knows you, do you remember him?
The 131st Bn from New Westminster blew into the 30th 3 weeks ago & are now broken up. The 158th are at Shoreham waiting the same fate. The 88th from Victoria were broken up 2 or 3 months ago & so it goes on.
Grogan[?] is Brigade Major at Shoreham. Gardner is Lt Col commanding Canadian troops at Shoreham. I think you knew both.
I've been turned into a ruddy clerk at Shoreham, & I'm so fed up that if something doesn't happen in a couple of months I'm going to chuck the whole blank business. For over two years I've been trying to get to the front, & I'm no nearer now than I was when I started.
I offered to revert to subaltern when the 62nd was broken up in order to get to France, but no, they wouldn't allow it, God only knows why, & I've just again offered to revert as soon as I have taken the Cambridge Staff Course - Honestly, I'm ashamed to go about wearing a uniform
BC Archives, MS-0089, Box 1, File 4 GLASSFORD, Deborah Florence (Leighton). Vancouver Correspondence inward, 1916