Letter from soldier to his sister in New Brunswick. He was in the 112th Battalion and was absorbed into the 26th Reserve Battalion. He served in France but was discharged in 1917 due to severe trench fever.
June 10, 1917 Bramshot Camp UK
…Well dear sis this has been a heart of a day and there were 300 of us fricked out of 3 different Battn this morning to drill all day in the sleet and rain to go on a firing party at a funereal tomorrow morning of a Col. He was the staff Col., at the Hospital and we have to be shined up to the top notch in the morning…have a lot to do tonight to get ready my rifle to clean shoes and button to shine bayonet belt and all the brass…
…we are used to dull time in the army lots of people may think we have a good time in the army but we sure don’t it is not all pleasure and the worst is yet to come to a lot of us but I am ready to go to the front when they call for me for I am not afraid and feel happy that I am here to go do my bit and am not sorry I answered the call in Canada…
Harry 112th Battn #743050
10 x 16 cm. Small tear at left.
Some extracts from his service record:
- BREWER, HARRY SINCLAIR
- Regimental Number:743050
- Date of Birth: 08/10/1886
- Born: York County N.B
- Occupation: Farmer
- Married: Yes
- Enlisted: 16th March 1916 Perth N.B.
- Rank: Private
- Sailed from Halifax SS. Olympic 23-7-16
- France 3-4-17
- 26th Battalion 5-5-17
- #5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) 22-6-17
- 22 General Hospital Camiers (France) 13-7-17
- Ilford Emergency Hospital Ilford 26-7-17
- Military Convalescence. Epsom 12-8-17
- Discharged 17-8-17
- His injury is listed as ‘Sev. PUO’ (Pyrexia of unknown origin) ‘Trench Fever’
The 112th Battalion (Nova Scotia), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Great War Canadian Expeditionary Force. The 112th Battalion was authorized on 22 December 1915 and embarked for Great Britain on 23 July 1916, where it provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 7 January 1917, when its personnel were absorbed by the 26th Reserve Battalion, CEF. The battalion disbanded on 15 August 1918.
Bramshott Military Camp, often simplified to Camp Bramshott, was a temporary army camp set up on Bramshott Common, Hampshire, England during both the First and Second World Wars.
Camp Bramshott was one of three facilities in the Aldershot Command area established by the Canadian Army. The permanent facility on both occasions was at the British Army's Bordon Military Camp. Bramshott was one of two temporary camps set-up for additional accommodation in the lead-up to D-Day, along with Witley Camp.