The Munro Letters 1914 - 1917 : Letters Home from the Front - World War I
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In which Gordon Munro writes to Dandy, a family member, with news from the Belgium front i.e. trench skirmishes; joke about St. Peter and two Irish cronies; receipt of a parcel of a Plum Pudding; etc.

Belgium Dec 9/15

Dear Dandy

I think I owe you people about 10 letters but will try to answer them all in this one. Muriels was a real treat, that’s not saying I dont enjoy the others because I sure do, but somehow those young kids seem to say things in a way all their own. Tell her Ill be sure & take a shoot at the Kaiser for her or better still drop a bomb under him. have just got back from the trenches for a few days & it was a relief to get out. It rained most of the time & to make matters worse old Fritz persisted in shelling our part of the trench. we were at a corner of the line & they shot us up from three directions side, back, & front. Great big coal boxes too. We could see their guns flash away back & the sentry would holler coming “over” & then we’d kind of hug the water in the bottom of the trench you’d hear whr... away off then it increased to a roar & bang bang bang bang four at a time, good night÷ I almost wished old Hank Ford success in his peace enterprise. Well I survived the trip again anyway & the rest I suppose we’ll have to take as they come one thing which was very comforting was our artillery which replied with sixfold energy.

I must say Aunt Kate’s parcel of cake Pudding etc came in great, I got it in the trenches & as we did not feel much like cooking it went that much better I says to one guy “would you like a piece of Plum Pudding He just look’d at me as much as to say “You poor nut – theres no such thing in Belgium, when I pull’d it out of the box his face lit up like a full moon & he pronounced it the best he had ever eaten & so do I. Tell Aunt Kate I cant find the right words to thank her, there are’nt enough in the Dictionary anyway but if she could see me at a meal she’d feel more than gratified. We are sleeping in an old Barn just now. Nice Hay Etc in it Its the Best bed. I have had for centuries much too good to last. I understand we are to get a 2 or 3 weeks rest about xmas & expect to have a good time I may go on pass to England soon too, as I’ve been out here nearly 6 months now. I suppose Marian is some chauffer by now heres a Ford story I heard the other day which you can spring on her though I daresay it will be old out there .. Two old Irish Cronies were kill’d in an Explosion one found himself in Heaven & look’d round for his partner. St. Peter he said can you tell me where Pat Dougan” is I am sorry Mike but Pat is in Hell “I din’t have time to say good bye to him. I wonder if I could run down & & speak to him for a minute. St Pete allow’d his request. Pat show’d Mike all round the place. Parks & Boulevards ~ and have ye any autimobles ask’d Mike we have said Pat Come over & see the Garage. He led Mike to a large stone Building Mike look’d all over the Place & Exclaim’d But I thought Ye said automibles Pat: Sure these are all Fords” They sure do get-up some nasty ones on the Ford but I wish I had one. Theres not much else to say the Oakville boys are all well as far as I have heard. Wishing you all the Seasons Greetings

love to all


Adress now is
Pte H.G. Munro 47904
Grenade Co.
15 Batt’n
48 H.O.C.
1st Can Div.
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