Nov 27th, 1917 (postmark)
Shorncliff, Kent England
Say old girl this is the third letter and no reply yet. Think I have nothing to do only write letter s and receive no reply. You want to buck up or I am going to start answering my own letters.
Well I have some fine news for you this time. Your brother is one of the 86 Canadians that is entitled to the Mons Medal. All men that were in France before November the twenty second get a big bronze star to war on their left breast of their uniform. We were the only Canadian unit in France in November therefore the only ones in the Canadian Army that get the decoration and there are only about twenty of us left. It is the scarcest decoration in the Canadian Army and the majority of people can’t believe that any Canadians are entitled to it but about twenty of us get the decoration. “Mons Medal of 1914”
VV I am prouder of that than any thing I have ever had. I am the only one from Winnipeg and one of twenty or so out of Canada. Ha Ha conscripts, talk to an old war veteran like me with the Mons Decoration, I guess not.
Things are as usual here I am still working in the office. I am feeling fine and dandy so what more can one expect. Christmas will be here soon but I am not going anywhere. The movies will have to satisfy me that day but still I can’t complain. I think I have had my share of leave this summer. Do you like chasing kids any better. I do hope you get a school in the city. If you are home it will be better for you and far nicer for both Mother and Dad.
The winter has set in here for ----, it’s raining nearly every day and cold miserable winds, we are billeted in very decent huts so we’re are not so bad. Two years ago today I was in mid ocean on my way to dear old Canada, but I guess I am here for duration this time. Unless I go back to France and get a --- one. But the thing is would I get a --- one You see the square heads are not at all fussy as to how they handle a fellow. And to say the least they are very, very rude in their actions.
Well Dear Sister I have no news only about this medal business. Tell Mother she is the only mother in Winnipeg with a boy entitled to the mons decoration of 1914. Well VV remember me to Dad and Mother and write me soon. Just see if you can squeeze one in some time before spring. Say if you want to spend some of that kid chasing money, just send me along a few smokes.
About the 1914 Star (Mons Medal) from Veterans Affairs Canada