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 25, 1915 - Fredericton

Dear Father,

I don't know when I will come home, it's a question of money, but I want to go home before we go across.  I would come now if I had the cash.  The talk is that we can expect to go to Sussex any day now and that will be 25 miles nearer home.  We are getting lots of hard drill now.  The weather is much better here now than it ever is home at this time.  In mid-summer it's very hot (110 degrees in the shade they tell me), and much colder than elsewhere in the winter.

Drake should have paid the bank charges on that draft, I added them to it at the bank.  It is queer you have had no money yet.  Ada has been sick so she could not get in.  You drive out some night and see her about it.  The other boys from home tell me their people have got the money they signed home.  They got it about the same time we got ours here, so Ada may have it.

I don't know anything about the separation allowance.  I signed all the papers here and that's all I can do.  I suppose the government takes its own time, they have the upper hand.

They discharged McInnis this morning, could not get any satisfaction out of him.  Yesterday, the major gave any who were frightened the chance to get out and about twelve are going if they let them go.  It doesn't seem possible, but they say that is the custom.

We are all trimmed up today expecting Col. Sam Hughes here to inspect us.

Don't worry about those bells, they will have to wait till you can do something for them.  Another letter and roll of photos with them.


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