15 General Can. Hospital
9 dec. 40
My dear Ma & children;
Sitting in bed, to-day and not a pain or an ache. Just had my morning orderly attend to me and now all set to write.
Well folks, I reckon I have been quite a sick man, but on the way mending right now. My heart has not troubled me for one week now, and I have started to eat again.
Miss Neil our Matron has appointed me the star boarder, and comes in twice a day to see if I have all I want.
Yesterday, was visited by 3 Generals (including my Brigadier Price). It is starting to annoy me a bit to be in bed for 12 weeks – as they have a sign on the door (Positively No Visitors).
They are giving me the complete rest cure, I must not talk or move my left side what so ever.
You know how hard that is for me. Well there is no fooling here. I have to get better or be a damn nuisance for ever, and that won’t do.
If I am evacuated to Canada it will not be before spring, as they won’t take a chance on a rough crossing with me.
If I keep on getting well so fast, I may fool them and go back to my School.
Gen McN says I’ll be back on the job. He sure is a real friend, he has been here twice and is always asking every one about me. He has a regular morning call from his HQ to here so your old man can’t be so bad as a soldier.
I have had nothing but praise on the 41 Cadets I graduated on the 23 Nov. They are wonderful, well trained, and I made sure they’d look like officers. I even watch their kit, dress & all.
You know something. My boys sent me dozens of beautiful flowers – and after the first day in my room my face started swelling – so out went the flowers to the nurses’ mess. That’s a new one on me.
If I am sent home, I’ll be boarded out, unless I can carry on, with some kind of Army work. The OC here says I am 100% libility to the Gov’t. To bad about him.
If boarded out I’ll insist on 100% pension as a Colonel, that will give me a fair living, and plenty of protection for you. Right now I am not worried about anything like that.
All I want is to get well.
By the way you’ll see by the enclosed card George sent me some cigars & cig from Detroit, no duty or nothing.
So you all can do the same home.
But address it to England not c/o B.P.O. Canada.
Have cabled you twice. Did the Govt advise you on my sickness.
Keep your chin up.
Lots of love
I guess it’s Merry Xmas by the time this arrives -
So many of them
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Welcome! This site posts the Second World War letters of Brigadier Edmond Blais to his wife Laurette. One letter will be posted every day, in chronological order. The letters begin with then-Major Blais' Atlantic crossing in December, 1939.
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