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 Field Post Office C.6  25th February 1918

[LMF Notes]  This refers to the illness of our mother.  It had a very profound effect on the family and particularly on L.M.F. and C.G.F., who were in France at the time.  Our mother was operated on by Dr. F.W. Marlow of Wellesley Hospital, Toronto for quite an advanced cancer condition.  Her case was quite remarkable, however.  Some four years later, she had a reoccurrence and underwent very extensive surgery but she lived for 24 years after the later operation and died of old age, outliving her doctors, her nurses, her relatives, and her husband.
In the Field
Dear Mater et Pater -

Received a letter from you today which I am sending tonight to Leslie – Also two letters of yours from Leslie – Also a letter from Mater.

Needless to say I was delighted to get them.  Of course without beating around the bush, I was surprised and shocked at the thought of dear old mater being ill.  Such a thing had never entered into my mind.  Naturally I am perturbed about it and will be anxious for further news.

I am glad as I believe Les is that you did not hesitate to tell us all about it.  It is much better to tell us now.

Please be quick in having a thorough examination and by no humbug either.  I hope that you have already done so by the time this letter reaches you.  Whatever the Doctor says goes –

Now mater, I hope & wish with all my heart that its nothing serious – If it is remember, face it calmly and if you should have to have an operation or any such treatment go at once and have it done.  Such things are successfully removed every day now and there is absolutely no reason whatever why your case should prove any exception to the rule.

Don’t let it get on your nerves – I don’t beleive you are as your letters are always like a sudden burst of sunshine to me as they are always so cheerful.

Personally, I shall as I know you both wish, refuse to let it worry me as I have trust in God and in the means which he has given us that you will be restored to complete health and strength.

I have had several letters from Leslie since I returned – He is well and getting along fine.
I am so sorry that you were without word from me – I can’t understand it at all.  However dear people I am in the very best of health and am getting along fine too –

Now Dad about finance – I read about the Xmas trade and was delighted to hear that you did so well.  That is certainly great and you are climbing right out of the hole in great style.  That’s the system and power to you.

I read about my account – I almost wish I hadn’t had leave and had to draw that money.  However I have $100 as I told you before over here now.  How would you like me to have that returned to you then my account wouldn’t look so bad.  Or else I was thinking that Les might like a little money over here and I would give him a cheque for $100 and he could turn over a hundred to me at your end – What is your advice about the matter.  At present my chief aim is to pay for that $500 of war loan and I’ll do it too.  I am quite enthusiastic about your investment.  So what do you think of that scheme to help.  I think or I’ll try my level best to pay for my next leave with what I can save here – and then that $25 per month is always coming in -

Now I must close now – I am going to write a letter to Aunt – Am so sorry that she is sick – I hope that she is better now.

Jeanie is also sick but not seriously at all I believe – She is a peach that girl.

Am glad you have seen Col. MacLaren? – I laughed when he was telling you about his narrow escapes etc – Wow! –

Well must close now and once more Dad I know that you will take care of mater and mater you take care of yourself.

God bless both of you –
Lovingly –

Cecil.   (Am glad you like my picture)

P.S. Haven’t received your box of eats yet but might tonight – Many thanks in advance.

Dad –
If anything serious ever happens, perhaps Leslie and I might get back for short leave – I would do anything to help Mater – and if you think that might ever be necessary don’t hesitate to pull wires – of course I don’t think it will be necessary but in case – you ask J.B. how he got Bill home –


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