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 Father,

Only a few lines to let you know I am quite well now.  Enclosed you will find an express order for $25.00 and will send more the last of the month.  You see Dr. Martell and J.A. Russell and find out who I can send this money to in future and what has to be done to use it as I said.  Before I came here quite a while I gave W. Card my note but he could not use it without a good name, so thought he had destroyed it.  But he has sent me his bill with the note credited (enclosed).  Now I do not know whether this note is in the bank or not. 

The Battery is going to search for a lost child this afternoon and as time is short, I will close.


P.S. The Sergt.-Major told me it would take about five weeks for Ada to get her government allowance from the time I came here.  I am telling her.

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  1. What a nice way to remember your grandfather by sharing these letters.

  2. Joan, thanks for your kind comment. I never tire of reading the letters and try to imagine what he was feeling when he wrote each one. Thankfully, thus far in my life, I haven't had to experience anything close to the hardships he faced - thanks in part to his sacrifices and those of his comrades. We MUST remember our veterans :)