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.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

May 15, 1915 - Fredericton

Dear Father,

That envelope that Ada got was my assigned pay and she will get the separation allowance very soon now for the major took the final facts in each case today and I think the papers will only go to Halifax.  The money will go to Ada, all of it, and she will get it to you so it does not matter much.

I think that acct. of Drake's ran nearly 12 months.  Anyway, that was only the second in 24 months.

Nearly everyone here keeps a horse or colt and you see many men breaking them at night (all trotters).  We don't know anything about feeding horses until we come here and see how a V.S. does it.  Six qts. of oats, 4 qts. bran and a very small feed of hay.  Three times a day and every horse as fat as a hog.

I will write Aunt Bessie soon.

They are always collecting a crowd to play base- and football in spare time and as they won't let a man alone it is hard to get chance to write.

That colt you said Worth had is after Aerial Wood and out of that sorrel trotter the Porter boys had and should make a good one.  $150 is cheap and I wish I had it.


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