The Munro Letters 1914 - 1917 : Letters Home from the Front - World War I
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In which Gordon Munro relays day to day news from Georgetown. Includes description of: training activities; types of discipline; a watch from Hagamans purchased from a fellow soldier; ethnic background of fellow soldiers.

Georgetown Ont.
Feb. 11/15

Dear "Peoples,"

I passed the Georgetown Dr. to day easy. It didn't take 3 minutes, he just looked at me & said he guessed I would do & told me to get dressed. Scout passed too. We are still drilling hard & trying the new Platoon formations & every time the Ladies come down we Goose step, we've got it down to perfection now.

The discipline is pretty strict. One fellow got five days in jail for consigning the sergeant to the lower depths, & three got put at digging trenches for 5 days for skipping church Sunday, & anyone that laughs or talks while on parade or hasnt his boots or buttons shined gets put on "Defaulters" for a few days. We were all at Dance last night & had a fine time we went about 7.30 & quit at 12.30.

On Saturday we are going to march to Acton & back. 9 miles each way, we are taking grub & so on expect a hard walk as the snow is pretty deep.

I made some bargain yesterday. There is a fellow by the name of Lardy who worked at Hagamans last year. Well he had a wrist watch & was getting another so I said I'll give you $2./ for it. He said allright so I got a peach of an Elgin Watch, gold washed case, 7 jeweled in a $1. wrist band for $2. I took it to a jeweler & asked him how much it was worth, he said about $12, some head for business here. It keeps good time & it was just overhalled. Tell "jusie" I sold hers for .75? & will give it to her next I go down.

Scout & I were out the other night to see two Miss Robertsons & I sang with great success (?) The old boy is an "Elder" & the girls are semi-fare & the grub is good so we are going down again soon.

The Baptist Minister Mr. Holmes came down to see me the other day & invited me up. He said he came to Gladstone just when we left & made a speech at the Farewell. He's young & clean shaven & pretty tall. Do you remember him?

We played Glen Williams Hockey Team last Monday & lost 4 - 2. None of the fellows are up to much as players but we had a good game & expect to play again soon.

There have been very few drunks that I have seen & none of them were roaring drunk. We were all marching past some place the other day & some Lady said my what a fine lot of young boys they are, I guess she must have said it when she put her glimmers on me. But anyway there are a lot of dandy looking fellows in it. About 25 out of 50 are Canadians the rest English Irish & Scotch, there about 12 Scotchman. There is a Russian Jew in it. his name is Savinski, he's about 20 & doesn't speak very good English but is a nice enough fellow.

We are getting a Target put up & expect Rifle practise next week & have been drilling quite a bit with Rifles. We expect to move into the public school & get our meals at the Hotels, it will be cheaper for us by about 25? a day.

Well I guess this is about all I know so will close for the present with much love to all.

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