Clarence Arthur McCann June 8, 1891 - June 2, 1947

Clarence Arthur McCann was born in Pembroke, Hants County, Nova Scotia to Arthur Frederick and Ella Jane (Carmichael) McCann. He grew up in Windsor, Nova Scotia, Canada.

He married Ada May Smith on July 27, 1912 in Falmouth, Nova Scotia and together they had 14 children.

In 1915, Clarence travelled to Fredericton, New Brunswick to enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He embarked for England not long after and remained overseas for almost four years. While there, he wrote many letters home. Over 100 of them survived and have been transcribed. The originals have been donated to the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

I offer these transcriptions to those who have ancestors who served in the Great War so they might have a glimpse of what that life was like for these men.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

April 18, 1915 - Fredericton

Dear Mother,

Just a few lines to let you know I am fine as a fiddle now.  I was inoculated again Friday but never felt it at all this time.  I am living as good a life as can be expected of anyone under these conditions.  You get a boot on the head about the time you think everyone is settled for the night.  I do not know who hurt that colt.  It is hard luck but cannot be helped now.  We have a fine church parade every Sunday morning, presenting a very fine appearance.

I cannot write anymore this time because I have a couple of others to write and in about half an hour the Battery is going on parade, having volunteered to search in the woods for an eight-year-old boy who is lost since yesterday.  So I will give you more next time I write.

Your letters are always welcome.

With love, from Clarence

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