100 Years Ago: Charles Carter Invalided Home, Letter from Prisoner of War Alex Hall

The Intelligencer May 31, 1917 (page 7)

Pte. Charles Carter, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, arrived here yesterday morning, having been invalided home owing to being the victim of a severe attack of rheumatism. Pte. Carter had been connected with transport service. Mrs. Carter and family, who went to England, are also returning.”

The Intelligencer May 31, 1917 (page 7)

“From Alex Hall. My Dear Wife:—Just a few lines to say I am always keeping in the best of health. I have received 9 boxes from you lately, so I think I am doing pretty good. It is now about eight months since I was captured and it seems to me like eight years, as the time seems so long in passing, but the good weather is here now, and it won’t be so bad, but I wish it was all over and I was able to say I am a free man again.

I am sorry to hear you can’t send any more parcels, but I suppose we will have to make the best of it, and I must say that the Red Cross is certainly looking after our interests so that is a good job that we have such people to look after us. Well, I have not much more to say, as it is the same old thing here. Write again soon. From your loving husband, Alex Hall, Prisoner-of-War, Oespel, Germany.

Mr. Alex Hall was well known in this city, being a fireman on the Grand Trunk before enlisting. He enlisted with the 4th Mounted Rifles in Kingston, and was captured at the Battle of Ypres and has been a prisoner since last June. He sends a picture of himself and other prisoners at Oespel.”