File 12 - Letter from Sheldon Uffelman to Walter Uffelman

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Letter from Sheldon Uffelman to Walter Uffelman

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CA ON00411 MG-0021-1-12

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  • March 26, 1917 (Creation)

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Bramshot 3/28/17
Dear Bro.
Your welcome letter of Mar 1st received yesterday. Also one from Papa + Mama. I presume mother sent you my letter about our trip across ocean + also about my visit to London so will not mention anything else about that. I requested them to forward you the letters which I hope they did. I was put in quarantine on Thurs with slight attack of scabies. Harry Ellis + two others are in our hut with me + we have it fine. Go to bed about 10 p.m. + get up when we feel like it. We take a bath every day

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and then are bathed with sulphur ointment. I took a dose of saults yesterday + it certainly cleaned me out. I did a big washing on Sat. Washed my own clothes and also for two other parties making 2S6 £ = 60. I had to do something to get some cash. Have only had one pay since we landed outside of 4 £ we received before going on pass to London which was 1 £. We spend most of our cash on eats, as our daily foods are very little + boys are complaining daily. I have never felt so hungry in all my career. Feel like eating all the time. Sat. afternoon all camps

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were mobilized in readiness to go to France. Willie was down to Hazhmere for afternoon but was sent back + ordered to pack up. They were kept out in full marching order until 1 a.m. Sunday in readiness to go depending further orders. I am back to be where I am. However he has not gone on yet + they are not certain whether they are going as yet but will know definitely by to-night. I am trying to get away as transport driver + hope I succeed. The weather to-day is quite cold + have had few scattered snow falls. Have not seen any Zepps as yet nor do I expect

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to as they are well prepared for them + stand but little chance of getting over here. There is a great battle on 50 mile front now + the Allies certainly have been making great progress within the last three weeks. We believe that the war will be over this summer + I hope it will. Lloyd was on his last leave last Friday + he came up + spend a day with Willie + I. He certainly is looking fine + is a full fledged Lieut in flying corps. Has a night to fly any machine. He said he nearly lost his life a week ago when his machine fell a distance of 1200 ft. He got it

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under control when within about 400 ft of earth. He had to report at war office in London last Tues. + expect his is somewhere in France by now. Well Walter I really do not know what else to say so will ring off. Hope you are well. Will be pleased to hear from you at any time. In regards to booze, I might say there is plenty of it here but have never been seen in saloons + absolutely have refused to touch it as I know I am better without it.
From your loving brother
Pte Sheldon U.
25th Can. Reserve
No. 751361
Bramshot Camp
Eng.

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