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  18th November 1918

[LMF Notes]  This is an excellent description of the Armistice and its reception by the fighting troops.
Mons.  Belgium
17/11/18
Dear Father and Mother,

Do you notice my address – some place eh, what!  The place where the British army started to fight and where it ended.

I rejoined the battery shortly after I wrote my last letter – I wasn’t able to get my leave but now I don’t think I am very sorry for I have been in the most marvellous advance ever seen.
It was just one big rush from village to village – The people would rush out and crown around your horse – shout, yell and embrace a fellow something horrible.  It has really been a wonderful year to have gone through.

You will never realize what it felt like to know that the war was over.  We didn’t know till 10.30 a.m. of the 11th that armistice started at 11 o’clock.  Suddenly the news flashed through.  The advance continued right up to the hour of eleven.  Every man had a grin from ear to ear on his face.  Nobody yelled or showed uncontained enthusiasm – everybody just grinned and I think the cause was that the men couldn’t find words to express themselves.  I think of the man who every day has his life in danger and who dreams of home more than heaven itself – suddenly finds that the danger is past and that his return is practically assumed -  That he has won after personally risking his life – no wonder they couldn’t say much – They simply grinned.

Of course in London and Paris they had an awful time but I do not think that anybody felt the pleasure and satisfaction so much as the Tommy at the front unless it was in the Tommy’s home.

I am sure you must have been very thankful at home and I feel so myself that I have been spared to come through all this, if you ever think that we simply had a walk over just get rid of that idea right away for the hun and especially his machine gunners fought to the last moment.  When I think of the close shave I had, well a person couldn’t have been much closer to death than I – whew!  One millionth of an inch might have made all the difference in the world to me.  But now I am just as good as ever except for a nice little scar which is well covered with hair by now.

Well we will soon be on the way to Germany now.  Think of actually being in Germany -  It has been the soldiers dream for four years now and at last the dream is coming true for some of us.

I saw General Sir John Horne enter Mons yesterday – It was a great event.  Mons is a wonderful old city.  It is not destroyed and is really some place.

Last night the people of Mons gave a reception to the officers of the 2nd Canadian Division.  It was a wonderful affair too.  They had a beautiful orchestra which ended up by playing O! Canada.  These people are crazy about O! Canada!  Of course only the real people of the town were present.

I saw Mert Plunkett’s outfit the Dumbells last night.  They have been recently playing in London.  You couldn’t wish to see a finer show.  Some day I daresay you will be able to see them.

Mert was looking well and wished to be remembered.

OH I expect I will get my leave soon now.  I have changed my mind.  Now that the war is over and Leslie will be going home I am going to go to Paris.  I would regret it all my life if I didn’t see Paris and probably this will be my last leave so I guess I had better go.  I wouldn’t think of it if Les were still in England and the war still on but now that he is getting better I think I’ll go to Paris – wouldn’t you?

I am awfully sorry to hear that poor Verva Jackson is sick – I surely hope that she recovers.  That Flu was the cause I suppose.  She is a peach, that girl and I like her immensely and I surely hope that she is back at Varsity by the time I get home.
By the way I hardly think I’ll need any money for leave now.  You see as I am a Captain I get more money and will be able to make out finaly.  I ought to have over five hundred dollars by the first of the year hadn’t I!  Well now is the time to save money for I’ll soon need it.  By the way I am thinking very seriously about what I am going to do when I get home.  I do not want to loaf around for about six months.  I am very much inclined to try and get a job somewhere – what at I don’t quite know.  If you see anything over there please let me know.  It is going to be a big problem and if I could get a big job with some chance of advancement I would jump at it.  I am inclined to think that I would be farther ahead in five years time by working than I would by spending the same time at Varsity.  What do you think?  Well keep your eye open please and if you see anything please let me know.

Now I think I have about finished all there is to talk about for a little while.  I hope the new watchmaker is a success and that the Xmas trade beats last years which will be going some indeed.

Naturally I haven’t anything at present to send home for Xmas except a whole lot of love and the best of wishes for the happiest of Christmases and all that.  Perhaps in Paris I’ll be able to send something you would like.  I have received the underwear – It is tres bon, I have the three suits.

I have also received parcels from Aunt –

Goodbye – and lots of love

- Cecil  -- XXX

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