File 9 - Letter from Sheldon Uffelman to Jacob, Eliza, and Gladys Uffelman

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Letter from Sheldon Uffelman to Jacob, Eliza, and Gladys Uffelman

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CA ON00411 MG-0021-1-9

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  • February 25, 1917 (Creation)

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[Page 1]
From Pte. S. Uffelmann
Bramshot Hants 25/2/17
25th Reserve Battn
No 751361 C. E. F. no. 4 Coy.
Dear Father Mother & Sister:
As this is Sunday & have plenty of time to write letters and thoughts I had better drop another line home ward. The day broke foggy as ever, clearing towards noon but am afraid we shall have more rain before day ends. The drill grounds are clearing up fine but when it rains they soon are muddy. We have to get out & drill rain or shine & it is not a case of whether you want to or not. We have to do

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as we are ordered. I took a stroll down to Liphook the other night for a change instead of staying in the hut. Was over to see one of my friends in 173rd Hamiltons but he had just left for France that afternoon with a draft. We can never tell when we are to be called on to go. Nearly all our Battn were put on a’m class. They boys are in 4 classes A. B. C. & D. C & B Class do not go to France. The C’s are held on while those in D class are awaiting there discharge. Willie & I are both in A Class. They have a

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the sort of checker board which they use for drawing men to go with draft. Whenever there is a draft of men to go they draw lots by means of checker board & whosever name is drawn have to go. They might receive 48 hrs notice & some times they are sent away without a days notice. However I do not expect I will be going at anytime as I am going to parade before the D.C. for my transfer into Transport so I am not able to keep up with rest owing to the operation I had in Kitchener & hope to be able to secure

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same.. There will be the biggest largest offensive this Spring than ever before which will in all probability mean a great loss of life. There are at present 1608 missions in France alone now if I can remember correctly & each division has around 16000 men. They are take men over there every day. Have seen several thousand soldiers leaving for France since we came & they all seem happy and anxious to get over. This morning I saw about a dozen aeroplanes flying about which is a very common occurrence here. I got a letter from

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Lloyd & he likes the flying fine. J claims it is the best sport he has ever had. am going to write to Orley & Walter as soon as I finish your letter. In regards to climate here I might say that I do not care for it. I have not seen a clear sunshining day since we landed. We get up in the morning & find it foggy and has never cleared off up to present. I do not believe they know sunshine in this country. It is also cool & always damp & it is a wonder that more have not contracted rheumatism than there has

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Well I will have to close as I do not know what else to say. Hope you are still all well. Will also have to write uncle Adam shortly. Give kind remembrances to rest of neighbours & friends. Will be pleased to hear from any. Keeps me pretty busy writing. Say Pepo I wish you would send me a couple of ½ lb tins of Imperial Hudson Bay Mixture as we cannot get any decent tobacco here. From your loving Son
I presume you received our parcel sent from Spring Hill N.S. Tell Gladys that I would like to write her but I have quite a few letters to write & surely letters sent home can do her to save me postage. Sn.

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