Cecil Gray Frost (1897-1947) WW1 Correspondence  
6th Brigade Canadian Machine Gun Company
Cecil Gray Frost (1897-1947)
WW1 Correspondence 1917-1919

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Postmarked Army Post Office S.13  20th October 1918

[LMF Notes]  This letter was written 7 days after C.G.F. was wounded at Iwuy.  In this engagement his battery supported the 20th Infantry Battalion in which engagement Lt. Lloyd Elgie won the Victoria Cross.
Years afterwards C.G.F. told L.M.F. of the engagement and L.M.F. had the opportunity of visiting the site of the engagement in 1961.  The attacking troops in  open country assembled behind a railway embankment.  The machine gun fire was so heavy that it cut the leaves from the trees.  At this time, the Sgt. Major of the 20th battalion, who bore a charmed life, stood on top of the railway embankment and ordered, swore, exhorted and finally got the Battalion into its assembly point.  My brother described this as the bravest thing he ever saw.  The Sgt. Major was Sgt. Major Calder of C Company.
An interesting sidelight to this letter is that C.G.F. suffered a scalp wound above his temple.  He wanted to continue with his unit and after being sent to hospital he picked up and left and went back and rejoined his unit.  There was quite a fuss about this because he was absent without leave from the hospital.  Years afterwards he had his records looked at and there was no mention of the incident.
France  20/10/18
Dear Mater et Pater -

Just a line to let you know that I am absolutely O.K.  I sent a cable the other day saying that wound was very slight.  Hope that you got it and also believed it for I assure you it is quite the truth.

Except for the odd headache which is only to be expected I am alright.  I donít know whether Iíll get to England or not.  Personally I hope not.  Iíll get home as soon as I get out of here anyway so what ought I to care.  Well it still looks as if we were winning doesnít it.  Well I sincerely hope so.  I hope that it is finished this year though I hae mi doubts, still it is good to even hope so.  I am very glad that Wilson isnít letting himself be kidded into doing anything foolish by having an armistice.  That would be the height of foolishness.  They want to trim the Hump first and I think they will too.

Well you know I havenít got an awful lot of news, there isnít much to tell being here.  I hope my mail doesnít go astray.  I wrote to my battery telling them to keep all my kit etc. but to send the mail along.  I expect that the mail will arrive just as I go somewhere else and then I donít know what will happen to the mail.

Naturally I havenít heard from home for some little time now.  I hope that you are all well and that the Xmas trade promises to be ??? & brisker.  That would be fine eh!

Do you realize that Leslie and I have been away two years now.  Isnít it a ???  I didnít think I would be away more than two years.  But still it looks like a little more than two years doesnít it?  OH well as long as we are winning why worry.
 

Lovingly
XXXXXXXXXX
Cecil

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