1918 letter to RFC pilot Camp Borden from RAF Repair Park Toronto #6

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Envelope is pre-printed from ‘Canadian Y.M.C.A.' with letter inside written on letterhead ‘Canada YMCA  FOR GOD FOR KING AND FOR COUNTRY – WITH THE CANADIAN EXPEDITIONARY FORCE'.

Sent to:

Rev.2 APM Clyde Tite 72689 92 C.J.S. Camp Borden Ont. Canada

RAF Repair Park Strachin Ave. Toronto, Aug 13th, 1918
Dear Clyde,
…hung around this dump all Saturday afternoon…There are men getting posted to Jessie every Friday to get there tickets and they tell me that they are getting used cotton while there. Some of them are getting clean sheets and others are not, They also get a suit of clothes which is worth about 57 ½ cents…
Jack Kavanagh


Envelope bit rough on left and back flap.  Letter nice, regular folds.

24 x 19 cm.


Alfred Clyde Tite was born in 1892, single, and lived in Edmonton. He was a carpenter by trade. He enlisted in June 1917 in Vancouver. Appointed to Royal Flying Corps 14/8/17, then to R.A.F. on 1/7/18, discharged from 44th Wing (North Toronto) on 8/1/19. He never left Canada.

(Records on FindMyPast)

The Royal Flying Corps Canada was established by the RFC in 1917 to train aircrew in Canada. Air Stations were established in southern Ontario at the following locations:

  • Camp Borden 1917–1918
  • Armour Heights Field 1917–1918 (pilot training, School of Special Flying to train instructors)
  • Leaside Aerodrome 1917–1918 (Artillery Cooperation School)
  • Long Branch Aerodrome 1917–1918
  • Curtiss School of Aviation (flying-boat station with temporary wooden hangar on the beach at Hanlan's Point on Toronto Island 1915–1918; main school, airstrip and metal hangar facilities at Long Branch)
  • Camp Rathbun, Deseronto 1917–1918 (pilot training)
  • Camp Mohawk (now Tyendinaga (Mohawk) Airport) 1917–1918 – located at the Tyendinaga Indian Reserve (now Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory) near Belleville 1917–1918 (pilot training)
  • Hamilton (Armament School) 1917–1918
  • Beamsville Camp (School of Aerial Fighting) 1917–1918