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 9, 1915 - Fredericton

Dear Father,

I am tending horses today (we have 12) and can't go to church so have time to write.  You will get only $20 this month.  They overpaid me $3.30 last pay and stopped it this time.  70 cents laundry bill and was advanced $6.00 through the month, so they cut down my assigned pay so it would cover it all.  They won't let you get into them any.

I have skated three nights on rollers and it is great sport.  Being handy on ice helped me a lot.  I have not had a fall yet but when you get one, you get it good.  You fall faster and harder than you do on ice;  the skates just run right away from you.  I am one of a half dozen here who can ride a horse out of 150 men.

Guess I will clean up now.


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