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Charles Alfred Wass
ca 1892 - October 1, 1918
865750 52 Batt
Canadian Expeditionary Force

"I got wounded on the 13th of Nov at Ypres and not very bad...." Charles Wass, circa 1917


Hastings Dec 8th

Dear Norm

Just a few lines to you as I think it is along time since you heard from me.I have forgot your address.I been going to write to you before only for that. Say how is Leon and Eva coming along?

Say I would give quite a lot to be back on the farm again with you.Say when this war is over I be right back to you again, you bet.I am at present in England.I got wounded on the 13th of Nov at Ypres and not very bad.

Tell Barker and Mr Douglas and the rest of them around that you heard from me at last. I am going to my home in England as soon as I get out of the hospital.

Tell Eula that I will be back to help her bake bread and eat her cookies.Tell her I forgot her name as you will see by the letter.Is there many boys left around there now? I don't get in very much smoking now as I did when I was with you. I will be glad when this war is over so I can get to farming again with you.

Say Norm, who have you working for you now or are you working alone like all the other farmers are doing? I have been thinking about you folk all the time I have been in France. So you see I have not forgot youall together.I don't know whether I will be in hospital when you answer this letter or not but address to 44 Lintaine Grove Normond Road Fulham London England and I will get it from there.

But don't forget and when I go back to my Batt I'll write and you know my address now is and my number is 865750 and Batt 52.end them to the above address.

This is all at present so goodby from Charlie.

Say Norm if there is any money coming to me please send me some, but don't send it all. Have you got all your horses yet? Keep that team that I used to drive so I can drive them again when I come home.

So Goodby and Good luck to you all at present

From
Pte Charles Wass

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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.

Lorine's Note:

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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