Month: June 2012

A MacNaughton – Autumn 1918

A typewritten letter, possibly unfinished, written to a friend back home named Henry describing how he was wounded on September 4, 1918. It was likely written while convalescing in England. Transcription: Dear Henry:- Just a few lines to say that everything is going along in the same old way. I […]

A MacNaughton – Feb. 16, 1918

A letter written to his mother from the 5th Field Battery’s position near Loos, France on Feb. 16, 1918. The war diary from Feb. 15 states that “at 10:35am a balloon descended near 5th Battery position filled with French newspapers published under German Supervision. This was one of five to come down […]

A MacNaughton – May 7, 1916

A letter written to his mother from the 5th Field Battery’s position near Sanctuary Wood, Belgium on May 7, 1916. The 5th Field Battery were relieved at 1am on May 5 and returned to their wagon lines.  On May 7 one section of the 5th relieved a section of the […]

A MacNaughton – Oct. 8, 1915

A letter written to his mother from the 5th Field Battery’s position near Kemmel, Belgium on Oct. 8, 1915. The 5th Field Battery had been at Neuve Eglise since relieving the 1st South Midland Brigade on June 26 however on October 1st sections of the 2nd Brigade (including the 5th […]

A MacNaughton – Sep. 5, 1915

A letter written to his mother from the 5th Field Battery’s position near Neuve Eglise (Nieuwkerke), Belgium on Sept. 5, 1915. The 5th Field Battery had been at this position since relieving the 1st South Midland Brigade on June 26.  September 5 was a dull and showery day but a […]

A MacNaughton – May 28, 1915

A postcard written to his family on May 28, 1915 from Southampton, just prior to embarking for France. Alexander’s reference to the “Town boys” likely refers to those from his home town of Antigonish, NS.  “Bert” is likely Sgt. Bert Cameron (#85657) who is listed as a Riding Instructor in […]

A MacNaughton – May 17, 1915

A letter written to his mother from the Shorncliffe Barracks on May 17, 1915. Transcription: “Dear Mother Just a line to let you know that we are all well and still having a very fine time, the weather is lovely, not too warm in the day time and not too […]

A MacNaughton – May 8, 1915

A postcard written to his family on May 8, 1915 from the Shorncliffe Barracks near Folkestone, Kent. A Canadian Training Camp was established at Shorncliffe in the spring of 1915.  This camp wasn’t an option for the 1st Canadian Contingent who had to endure the horrible conditions on Salisbury Plain. […]

A MacNaughton – Apr. 3, 1915

A letter written to his mother from  Shorncliffe Barracks on April 3, 1915. Transcription: “Shorncliffe April 3 Dear Mother As I have not to do today I think I will send you a few words to let you know that we are still living and having a fine time. The […]

A MacNaughton – Mar. 4, 1915

A postcard written to his family on March 4, 1915 after crossing the Atlantic. The postcard features the R.M.S. “Megantic”, a White Star Line steamer that was used as part of the convey that transported the 1st Canadian Contingent to England in October 1914.  It was also used as a […]