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Charles Alfred Wass
ca 1892 - October 1, 1918
865750 52 Batt
Canadian Expeditionary Force
"And I have not got a
parcel from Canada since I left, nor a letter..." Charles Wass, 19 Sept. 1918
19/19/18(sic) [This letter was probably written Sept. 19, 1918, just a few weeks before Charles was killed]
Just a few lines hoping to find you quite will as it leaves me at
present. Well Norm it has been a long while since I left you now I am
still in the army out in France. I have been to England once, wounded
was the reason.
I have not wrote to you as I have forgot your address and say I do miss
those cakes that I used to get before going to the field in the
afternoon. Tell Mrs Cloes to send me a parcel and your address.
I feel lost when thinking of you and say Norm how is Leon and Eva
getting along? I wish I could see them now, you bet. How are all your
stock these days and are you looking for me back? I suppose some day
when I come will my place be open for me? Let me know so as when i land
in Brandon I will know what to do. Say who have you got working for
you? Now I only wish I had taken your advice before I enlisted but I am
alright yet anyway.
Say Norm ask Eula if she could send me some of her home made fruitcake
as that is what the boys are getting over here. And I have not got a
parcel from Canada since I left, nor a letter. I feel lost without a
word from you folks.
Say How is Mr and Mrs Tansley and also Walter. Give them my address and
tell them to drop me a line. And I will answer your letters as soon as
I get them.
Well we are having fine weather over here. I hope you have the same.
How are your crops? I suppose they are good and have you still got the
grey and the colts and Jack the dog? What is Mr Parker doing these
days? Is he still on the same place? I suppose you have a car now.
Well tell Eula that I wish I was back helping her to wash dishes for
her. But never mind, I will be home someday. I hope to help her pick
cherries and work for you that is all I want because your place is home
to me. I will not come to St Thomas unless you want me to work for you
as I will not work for anybody else in Canada but you.
This is all at present. Till I hear from you I remain your true friend
Pte Charles Wass
52 Canadian Batt
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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