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To Laurette http://tolaurette.ca Second World War letters from Brigadier E.A. Blais, Royal 22nd Regiment, to his wife Laurette Fri, 03 May 2013 10:00:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.4 January 31, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1921 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1921#comments Fri, 03 May 2013 10:00:11 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1921 31 Jan 41.

Dearest Ma;

Had a very good day & night.  Was up yesterday twice for periods of two hours.  Still very weak on my pins, and my hole system seems to be out of gear.

You see the weather is so blinkin awful at this time of the year, that I hardly have [...]]]> 31 Jan 41.

Dearest Ma;

Had a very good day & night.  Was up yesterday twice for periods of two hours.  Still very weak on my pins, and my hole system seems to be out of gear.

You see the weather is so blinkin awful at this time of the year, that I hardly have a chance to open my windows and get fresh air – Lately I have also been coughing in the morning, and that’s bad, cause it tires me right out for the day.

Nothing new here, except that the Ginnies are loosing their Empire fast, serves them right.

Hope you two are well this winter and taking things easy.

February out to see me ready to go on home.

Anxious to be with you all

Lots of love

Dad

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January 30, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1911 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1911#comments Thu, 02 May 2013 10:00:39 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1911 Jan. 30. 1941

Dearest Ma.

You know this man.

This is my morning luxury.  I have not been allowed to shave myself as yet.

Fortunately I have a very barber here who used to work at the Royal York in Toronto.

This snap was taken by one of the sisters.

She taught [...]]]> Jan. 30. 1941

Dearest Ma.

You know this man.

This is my morning luxury.  I have not been allowed to shave myself as yet.

Fortunately I have a very barber here who used to work at the Royal York in Toronto.

This snap was taken by one of the sisters.

She taught it would be good record for the hospital log.  Had a good night.  Just had breakfeast, porage, egg, sausage, toast, tea.  What more could you wish for.  I have now left my fluid diet of nothing.  I now weigh 175 lbs from my 209 when I got here.

Here comes nursie

Cheerio

A big kiss

Pop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 29, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1908 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1908#comments Wed, 01 May 2013 10:00:53 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1908 The Protestant padre brought this to me yesterday.

EB

He’s a cheerful guy.  He says with this thought your wife can get a divorce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Protestant padre brought this to me yesterday.

EB

He’s a cheerful guy.  He says with this thought your wife can get a divorce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 29, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1905 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1905#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 10:00:05 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1905 29 Jan 41

Dearest Ma;

Your letter of dec 14 reached me to-day, a few days after your’s of dec 28, 30th.

This afternoon, I had a great visitor, Colonel Ham. Gault D.S.O.  Former Commander of the P.P.C.L.I (that’s the Princess Pats) of 1914-18, with him came Sir Harry Brittain the English author who has [...]]]> 29 Jan 41

Dearest Ma;

Your letter of dec 14 reached me to-day, a few days after your’s of dec 28, 30th.

This afternoon, I had a great visitor, Colonel Ham. Gault D.S.O.  Former Commander of the P.P.C.L.I (that’s the Princess Pats) of 1914-18, with him came Sir Harry Brittain the English author who has just finished his famous book Come The Three Corners — Sir Harry brought me his book, his autographed picture also autographed book with a great compliment to a great Fr. Can. soldier now sick; I tell you it’s quite comforting even in these days, of pains & aches, to think that the Army has been so kind to me.  There must be something to your old man after all?

I’ll bring this book home and keep it preciously -

I was up thrice to-day for short periods.  I am awfully weak yet, and can’t seem to be getting stronger.

They say it’ll come with time.  I do hope so.

Will try & bring home some souvenirs if they allow me to go to London later on.

Keep well darling

A big kiss

Dad

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January 28, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1897 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1897#comments Mon, 29 Apr 2013 10:00:20 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1897 28 Jan. 41

Dearest Ma;

My friend Mr. Wilcox of Burberry’s Ltd has just left.  Mrs. W. received your letter and was enchanted to hear from you.  What nice people they are.  To show you – I had bought 2 pairs field boots at a cost of $75.00 and a pair of breeches $30.00 – [...]]]> 28 Jan. 41

Dearest Ma;

My friend Mr. Wilcox of Burberry’s Ltd has just left.  Mrs. W. received your letter and was enchanted to hear from you.  What nice people they are.  To show you – I had bought 2 pairs field boots at a cost of $75.00 and a pair of breeches $30.00 – On knowing that I was not to have any usage of these purchases Mr Wilcox came down, so I’d get credit, and he’d put them back in stock.  I wore one pair of boots twice only and same for breeches.

It’s saving me $105.00, not bad eh.  — Mr W. is getting two broaches made gold & silver for you & Junie, with my Reg’t crest.  I bet they’ll be nice.

Well Ma I walked about 40 steps to-day and was up thrice.  But I am inclined to be a bit discouraged on my slow progress.

That weakness in my left side is  still here.  My Dr. tells me it will disappear in time.  I sometimes doubt it.

Colonel Flynn is very sick right now, but thinks there is nothing wrong with his heart.  They have’nt told him yet what was wrong as he’s too weak for the crushing news.

They told me the morning I got here.  They figured I was a strong brute, and I sure showed them that I was, with six attacks.

I see on to-days paper Jack O’Ryan told the Committee a mouth full yesterday, enclosed clipping that’s the spirit – I want to meet him when I go home.

Temperature here is very bad, but in bed I don’t mind it.  Can you picture me in hospital all winter.  It’s a brake for me that this bad luck came while I was in service, it is saving thousands of dollars and a future at that. My tea just came.

So, nough said.

Take care of yourself.  I hope you are getting lots of mail from me cause I am writing enough.

Lots of love darling

Dad

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January 27, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1892 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1892#comments Sun, 28 Apr 2013 10:00:37 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1892 Monday
27 Jan. 41.

Dearest Ma & Junie

Extra good news; yesterday I walked about forty steps, of course accompanied b two nurses.  It is extraordinary how the strength in my legs has gone altogether.

They say it’ll take two months before I can navigate for myself -

Had a surplus of visitors yesterday.  [...]]]> Monday
27 Jan. 41.

Dearest Ma & Junie

Extra good news; yesterday I walked about forty steps, of course accompanied b two nurses.  It is extraordinary how the strength in my legs has gone altogether.

They say it’ll take two months before I can navigate for myself -

Had a surplus of visitors yesterday.  Of course Bing Price never lets go a Sunday without calling, and the boys from my Battalion and my school were all here.

When I get better I plan to go around and see them all before going home.

This morning cleaning time.  Now 8:30 am.  You are fast asleep & may be dreaming.

Lots of love honey

A big kiss

Dad

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January 24, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1882 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1882#comments Sat, 27 Apr 2013 10:00:52 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1882 “Glencot”
Church Hill
Horsell
Woking
Surrey

Monday. Jan 24

Dear Mrs Blais

Thank you so much for your very nice letter which I received two days ago.

I can only tell you, that after reading it, I felt very pleased that I had made the jacket for you.

Yes! I can [...]]]> “Glencot”
Church Hill
Horsell
Woking
Surrey

Monday. Jan 24

Dear Mrs Blais

Thank you so much for your very nice letter which I received two days ago.

I can only tell you, that after reading it, I felt very pleased that I had made the jacket for you.

Yes! I can quite imagine what an anxious time you have been going through.

It was indeed a shock to us, when we found your husband had been taken to hospital the previous day.  My hubby went straight to the hospital & was allowed to see the Colonel for just a few minutes.  Since then he has not missed a week going to see him – he was not allowed to stay long at first, but lately the visits have been much longer, and today he has been to  see him again.  He is ever so much better, has been up several times, and seems quite his old cheerful self.

It must have been dreadful for you, all those miles away, and I expect you would have given anything to have popped over and seen him

I expect it will mean that you will not have to wait till the end of the war now before you have him home again, and although we are very glad for your sake, we are very sorry for ourselves.

He will have to look after himself & take things easy, and all will be well, altho for anyone as active as he is, this will not be easy.

We all hope this year will see the end of this dreadful war, although I’m afraid things are going to get much worse, before that happens.

The people here are simply marvellous, especially as is nearly always the case, it is the poorer classes that are suffering most.  When one sees the results of some of the bombing, one wonders how they can stick it.

Well I must close now.  Thank you once more for writing so nicely.

Yrs. V. Sincerely

Eva Wilcox

 

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January 23, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1876 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1876#comments Fri, 26 Apr 2013 10:00:31 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1876 23 Jan 41.
800 pm.

Dearest Ma;

Your letters of dec 28 & 30 finally arrived to-day.  Was I glad to hear from you and know that you were all well home.

I guess all my mail to you must have been lost as I asked you lots of questions in my letters, and [...]]]> 23 Jan 41.
800 pm.

Dearest Ma;

Your letters of dec 28 & 30 finally arrived to-day.  Was I glad to hear from you and know that you were all well home.

I guess all my mail to you must have been lost as I asked you lots of questions in my letters, and you sure answer none of them.  Specially regarding bringing some souvenirs of England home.

I shant bring much as everything is sky high here now.

I am feeling quite good although my cough of days yonder has come back to me and has my Dr worried.

Ever since last spring when I was up at the Naval Hosp. I believe I was left with a chronic bronchial tube or something, as I have had colds at least half a dozen times since; and the damp weather here gets me down at once.

Is your Am. status fixed or pending what is it.

I’ll have to know by April as I planned to go home on a six months visa for Easter so let me know as soon as possible.

I don’t anticipate any trouble from the Army on my arrival in Quebec.

Either I am boarded out and pensionned off or a six months furlong with pay & allowances etc.

But the first part as mentioned above, is the best.

Shurer for future.

As if war should be short, I’d be out with small pension, instead of heavy one right now.

Anyhow I am not worrying about that right now, as the OC here, at 15th Gen, says I can’t do a thing for a one year period, maybe never (He is just a cheerful guy)

I’ll wait & see

Nough said

Got a letter from the Counsellor to-day Henry Goldstein.

Lots of love

Dad

 

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January 23, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1868 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1868#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 10:00:42 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1868 Letter #16
23 Jan 41
England

Darling Ma & Junie;

Just got up about one hour ago, to listen to the news; about the Italians getting another licking at Tobrouk.

By the way, a good friend of mine has had wonderful success there, what a pity I took sick, maybe I could have [...]]]> Letter #16
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England

Darling Ma & Junie;

Just got up about one hour ago, to listen to the news; about the Italians getting another licking at Tobrouk.

By the way, a good friend of mine has had wonderful success there, what a pity I took sick, maybe I could have been along too, knocking h out of Ginnies.

This last defeat takes one spoke out off the Axis wheel.

Christmas mail is now started arriving from everyone but you.  I just can’t understand it.  My barber just arrived for my morning shave, not allowed to do it myself yet.

Was up twice yesterday. 1 hour 15m all told.

1 hour & half to-day.

Cheerio

A big kiss

Pop

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January 22, 1941 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1862 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1862#comments Wed, 24 Apr 2013 10:00:26 +0000 http://tolaurette.ca/?p=1862 Letter #15
22 Jan.41
England

Dearest Ma & Junie;

Just got up a few minutes ago; have had my breakfeast, now had the morning news on, and having a pipe of tobacco. Brig Price came in last night, to try & see Percy F. but no go. Percy had a very bad turn [...]]]> Letter #15
22 Jan.41
England

Dearest Ma & Junie;

Just got up a few minutes ago; have had my breakfeast, now had the morning news on, and having a pipe of tobacco. Brig Price came in last night, to try & see Percy F. but no go. Percy had a very bad turn yesterday, and is very low now. I wish when you receive this letter you’d write a nice letter to Mrs Percy Flynn The Citadel Quebec. (with a please forward) you know, they’ll see that she gets it.

Now for some work.

The morning scrubber (nurse) is now coming in with the linen and what have you.

This is the hight of laziness both in bed, back rub, shave, etc.  I guess I won’t know how to attend to myself after this long stretch.

Just received two presents from Can & U.S. Suzie Steidel sent me a table Dunhill lighter, and somebody without a name sent me a box of Colgate product from Toronto, must be Ed. Jr.

They say a big mail is in.  I am anxious to see if I’ll get some mail from you all.

Cheerio

Lots of love

Dad

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