From: Hebb, Gordon M.
Oct. 13, 1916 France
I rec’d your letter of 23rd Sept. last night and will drop you a few lines again. We are up again within sound of the guns and just close enough to get a good view of the fire-works at night, and last night it certainly was some display, just the kind of a sight that would open the eyes of the folks at home to witness if they could do so without realizing what it was. You know the flash of the guns up in the sky like enormous flash lights and then flashing by the thousands make an interesting scene when you are a safe distance behind them. I would like to have a panorama of the scene right around us.
Within sight and in a radius of about 11.2 (?) miles are I should say about 100,000 troops, thousands of horses and trucks of all kinds. They are all bivouacked under canvas shelter but we officers have tents. I feel sure the picture of the Battle of Gettysburg has nothing on it. It is a wonderful sight to be sure. There is a tank right here. I had a good look at it, was indside and saw how it worked. They are quite a machine. It is about 32 feet long and 12 or 14 feet wide, 7 high, (I will draw a sketch on the letter)
Yes! the 112th men are still at Bramshot. I don’t know why the officers should go home. The Highland Brigade are slow coming over. It looks as if they were saving them until the war is over. Still I’ll bet they don’t appreciate their privilege.
The mail was delayed a few days and last night I rec’d a letter from you enclosing an account of the fall of the Quebec Bridge. That was quite a loss but nothing compared to loss and destruction over here.
Sometime in sending a parcel you might enclose a shaving stick (shaving every morning uses a lot of that) a tube of tooth paste or something like that which one is sure to need. Our fare is O.K. and there is no kicks. I am feeling well, have no cough, once in awhile a slight cold, but nothing compared to what I used to have in N.S. Hoping you are all well and trusting in God for all. I will close with best wishes.
Bridgewater Bulletin, Nov. 6, 1963
Contributor: Rosemary Rafuse