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3Training and Touring in England and Scotland Strait of Dover Thames T h ames London Haslemere Brighton Ashford Margate Canterbury Deal Witley Hindhead Bramshott Liphook Guildford Shoreham Eastbourne Seaford Bexhill Hastings Tunbridge Wells Crowborough Mayfield Faversham Boulogne Lympne Saltwood Hythe Folkestone Dover Shorncliffe East and West Sandling Virginia Water Stoke Poges Hendon Otterpool 50 MILES 0 0 100 KILOMETRES 0 5 MILES C. E LLI N GW O O D MAP 3: Southeast England, showing places mentioned in the letters. It has rained every day since we came to England, which is now eight days. England is a very beautiful place but I would like to see the sun occasionally. Bramshott, 5 November 1916 Dear Pater & Mater:— Well we have been moved from Witley Camp to Bramshott.1 We marched yesterday (Saturday). We carried our full marching equipment. The roads are all asphalt here so the marching isn’t as bad as it was in Canada. Why we had to move at all is more than I can tell. We haven’t the slightest idea yet whether we are going to be in the much talked of 5th Canadian Division or not. Our rooms here haven’t got the nice grates or fire place fires that the rooms in Witley Camp have. Instead they have these poisonous oil stoves that stink like fury and bum up all the oxygen in the air. Les and I have located however a splendid coal stove with pipes etc and intend to have it put in tomorrow. We are very lucky to have bought sleeping bags. They are fine. There is a kit bag in each end, a waterproof mattress in each bag. When I put those red blankets in the bag and then buckle the bag around me, you couldn’t imagine a more comfortable thing to sleep in and as warm as you could possibly wish for. Besides this eve we have in our room a big table which we have covered with a red cloth. It has our books and papers on it. Another smaller table which has all our shaving outfit upon it with a mirror and a chair in front. This is to sit down and shave at. A wash stand consisting of three sticks crossed holding a basin on top and in the centre a shelf for soap etc. Then we have two beds with mattresses upon which we lay our sleeping bags. Three chairs, all good ones, are in different positions. A great number of hooks to hang our clothes upon and a big shelf upon which rests our boots etc. This is a pretty fair description of our room. The big writing table is exactly in front of a large window. We have curtains that may be hung so as to hang completely over the window or can be pulled to one side. Besides this we have two little clothes racks to hang our towels and clothes upon. We procured all this from the Army & Navy Stores, W. London for which you may have no doubt we paid a handsome price. Bramshott is very muddy and I’m awfully glad that I have brought my big boots. They are just the thing and they keep your feet absolutely dry. It 89 ‘‘ ’’ has rained every day since we came to England, which is now eight days. England is a very beautiful place but I would like to see the sun occasionally. Our leave starts I guess this week, but as Les and I are in C & D Companies , we will get ours with the last half battalion. We intend going up the East side of England—seeing York and Warwick Castle etc and finally getting to Edinburgh where we will see the castle and the fleet in the bay and all the rest. Then we will take the trip through the Trossachs—see—the field of Bannockburn —the place where Wallace stood and saw the English lose themselves in the swamp (I forgot the name of that battle)—Then through Loch Lomand and see the “Bonnie, Bonnie Banks”—Then to Loch Katrine where we will see “Ellen’s Isle,” the home of the “Black Douglass” and also the home of Rob Roy. Then we will go to Melrose where we will see the abbey where the heart of Bruce is buried and also that of the wizard Michael Scott also—Abbotsford the home of Sir Walter Scott—Then we will go to Glasgow 90 TRAINING AND TOURING IN ENGLAND...


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