Envelope is pre-printed from Y.M.C.A. and handwritten On Active Service. Letter inside written on paper with letterhead ‘Y.M.C.A. On Active Service WITH THE BRITISH EXPEDITIONARY FORCE’.
Letter from Royal Engineer - Sapper. On August 26th 1917, Gordon was at the Stonar Camp in Kent England (based on another letter).
Pr Clyde Tite. #72689 W.R.S. R.F.C. Leaside Camp Toronto Ont. Canada
Postmark ‘Army Port Office De 19 17’, red ‘Passed by Censor No. 3250’ stamp.
Envelope bit rough on right. Letter nice, extra vertical creases.
25 x 20 cm.
During WW1 Stonar Camp was built by the army on the south side of Ramsgate Road, Ash to serve the Richborough Military Port
Development of the Q port at the Richborough site started mid-1916. It was situated on the site now known as Discovery Park (formerly Pfizer), and there are very few indications of the port visible today. The port was primarily designed to improve the movement of munitions – but also to assist with the movement of men – to the Western Front. It was a secret port and evidence of its activities is scarce. The River Stour was dredged and the railway link and port were mainly built by the Royal Engineers. Up to 5,000 men were stationed in three camps and a military hospital was based at Richborough Camp.
An important innovation which took place at the port was the development of roll-on-roll-off ferries that enabled the loading of trains directly onto the ships. This speeded up loading and unloading and allowed the movement of munitions and men by railway, rather than by heavily congested roads, to the Western Front.
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: