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Charles Alfred Wass
ca 1892 - October 1, 1918
865750 52 Batt
Canadian Expeditionary Force
"And say when this war is over I am coming right back to Norm again to stay..." Charles Wass, France circa 1917
France July 14th
Just a few lines in answer to your welcome letter which I received
tonight. Well We are having some fine weather over here in France.
Well I was glad to hear that Leon and Eva are keeping fine. Well Eula I
only wish I was back to help you pick the cherries and also spend the
evening singing with Norm.
And say when this war is over I am coming right back to Norm again to
stay. And tell him that I wish that I had took his advice but next time
I will know better.
Well Eula you said that you sent me some letters but I am sorry I did
not get any only just got the one that I now got. And say keep on
writing to me while I am here and say you bet that I will be on the look
out for that box and say I have not had one letter from Canada since I
But if I had known your address and you known mine. I know I will get a
lot of letters from you folks at home now.
And when I return to Brandon I will certainly let you know, it will be
the first thing I will do is to write home to you.
Well how is little Eula and Charles Closes coming along and say I must
not forget Norman's father as I think about him and especially you and
Well you said that Norm sold the colts and bought a mate for Bell and
that Babe is fat as a pig. Ask Norm what team will he have for me to
work with when I do come home. And tell him I only wish was right home
now to help him and you but Cheer up. It won't be long I hope and say
Eula if you see little Eula tell her I said to drop me a line once in
awhile with yours. And tell the Tansleys to write to me too as I don't
get hardly any mail since I have been out here. I will keep on writing
to you folks now, you bet.
Well I think I will have to stop and look out for that box as that is
what I want out here.
Norm, well I will close, wishing you all good luck till I return.
Charles A Wass
Submitted by Norma Cloes Gelinas
Norma's Note: I came upon these letters during an investigation into my family history
and felt bound to find out something about Charles. Charles was a Barnardo child sent to Canada aboard the
SS Southwark in 1905. He landed in Quebec on July 1, 1905 at age 13.
Charles' will names my grandfather Norman Franklin Cloes as his sole
heir and lists him as "friend".
Charles died on October 1, 1918 and is buried in Chambrai France
according to the records of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
He is not forgotten.
I found Charles' in the online CEF database. Here is his information for anyone wanting to search this further
WASS , CHARLES ALFRED
Regimental number 865750
Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 10113 - 53
Charles is also found in the Virtual War Memorial He is buried in the Canada Cemetery in Tilloy-les-Cambrai, a village on the north-western outskirts of the town of Cambrai and a little east of the road to Douai, France.
He is also commemorated on Page 519 of the
First World War Book of Remembrance.
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