Erroll Pilkington Gillespie Letters
Letters from from Erroll Pilkington Gillespie to his family. Learn more.
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Segregation Camp 1st Canadian Reserve Bn Seaford Sussex
My dear Mother
I have wanted to get a line off before, but have been in such an unsettled state since my arrival that I have not been able to manage it yet. I have also wanted to be able to tell you something definite about my chances of getting attached to a Reserve Battn here, all I can say at present is that my chances look pretty slim & I seem to be fairly up against it. Apparently a new order has come out that all officers who have not already been overseas, who come over with drafts from Canada, have got to return almost immediately or else I believe revert to the ranks. Of course I can't bear the idea of returning to Canada as a "conducting officer" when I know my services could be better utilized, & I also don't altogether relish the thought of going into the ranks with the class of men these days. It was a different proposition some time ago. I am doing all I can of course to get something. I have wired to Uncle Tom to try & get me into the Imperials & have hopes that something may come of it, but it seems very hard to get any satisfaction anywhere these days. I have met quite a few officers here I know, Alec Milligan is a captain on staff, he very kindly asked me out to lunch the other day, a fellow Sullivan who used to be out
BC Archives, MS-2685 Box 17 File 3 / OLIVER, William Edgar, 1867 – 1920. Victoria; lawyer. / Erroll P. Gillespie, correspondence outward, 1917 – 1919.