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Correspondence

File consists of one death certificate (enclosure), and three piece of correspondence sent to Elizabeth M. Porter.

1915

Three letters and a postcard from the ship taking MacLellan to England. The postcard shows the flood gates and slag dump at Sydney Mines, N.S. Most letters are in their original envelopes with postage stamps intact.

1916

Eighteen letters, 2 postcards, and one field note from the front dated August 12 stating “I am well”. The letters from March 9, 1916 to Dec. 31, 1916 are from the front in France and Belgium. The Dec. 26 letter describes how Gerald and 4 other soldiers arranged a Christmas chicken dinner at a farmhouse – the chicken was tough and there were very few vegetables. The postcards are of Rouen Cathedral and the Ypres Cathedral pre and post-bombing. Most letters are in their original envelopes with postage stamps intact.

1917

Twenty-six letters, one postcard. The April 10, 2017 letter describes the battle of Vimy Ridge and contains a shoulder strap off a German great coat. The Sept. 24, 1917 letter describes dinner describes an outing with four Canadian soldiers and two nurses. The Dec. 30, 1917 letter includes printed Christmas greetings to the troops from R.E.W. Turner, Lt. Gen, Commanding Canadian Forces in the British isles. The postcard shows the Forth Bridge, Scotland. Letters are in their original envelopes.

1918

Seventeen letters, 1 postcard, 3 telegrams, 2 Christmas cards. The postcard shows a captured German submarine mine layer. The postcards have the Royal Air Force insignia. Letters are in their original envelopes.

1919

Four letters, one telegram. The telegram is from "Mill" welcoming Gerald home. One letter is from Gerald to his mother. The other three letters are to Gerald from war friends– one from the U.S. and two from England. Letters are in their original envelopes.

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