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.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

June 1, 1915 - Fredericton

Dear Lela,

I don't know what to tell you, only that I am well, never felt better that I know of.  We have a fire up here in town every day but they never amount to anything, the firemen are too quick (three on duty all the time).  They only have two wagons with ladder and hose.  One horse on the ladder and two for the hose always on the job.  When the alarm rings these horses jump to their places, the men to their seats and the third man opens the doors.  Then look out, for they stop for nothing.  The men drop their work wherever they are and go direct to the fire and as everyone has a wheel here, it doesn't take them long to get there.

I did not know John Harris had a car.  Something he found, no doubt.


P.S.  The city has a pumping station going all day and night to draw water from the river for the city, so they don't need any fire engines.

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