Oct 5. 1940
Your cable of Sept 7. sent from Great Barrington, Mass. is now realized. Gen McN has appointed me on Oct 1st as Lieut. Col, holding a great position, in the future of the Canadian Army. I am now a full fledge “principal”, i.e. “Commandant” of a great school. My fighting days are over; I am now making officers for the Army. My roving about England seems also finished. I am now attached to C.M.H.Q. London on the staff. For this promotion I was passed over many of my seniors, including my great friend and companion Major P. of my regiment.
I sure hated to leave the gang as I was in line for command there but may be would have had to wait for a few months as yet.
However, I am quite satisfied where I am now. Your govt allowance is now raised to $60.00 instead of of $55.00 giving you a total of $183.25. Now if the Govt allows you govt rate of exchange, you sh. be able to save a bit for yourself.
My salary will now be raised to $11.00 per day; but my expenses will also be raised quite a bit as OC of school. However I am going to try hard to be dutch and save some.
I am sending you a cable tomorrow the 5th Oct to tell you all about it beforehand. running out of paper.
Keep well, think of me a lot.
Lots of love
I am buying some special Xmas cards from here. Send me a list and addresses, where you want them sent. Will mail them here, at my name, as Commandant.
Officers Cadet Training Unit
LtCol EAB MC
OC Canadian Training School
#3 O.C.T.U. Wing
Bordon Hants. Eng
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