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 Mother,

Don't talk about Windsor, this place catches all the water from the sky.  I guess it has rained for a week and the last three days came out fine and clear but hotter than August.  Everyone was wringing wet when drilling.  There is no difference in the weather between here and there.

Jim Redden likely deserted; three have from here.  I would like to be home but still I don't get time to be lonesome here.  If we are not working, someone starts to carry on a roughhouse.

We have lots of magazines from the ladies of the town.  I am perfectly well and expect to be vaccinated tomorrrow.  They will soon have me shot full of dope.

More again, Clarence

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