100 Years Ago: Letter from Percy Grant Palmer, George Renfrew Is Injured

The Intelligencer July 19, 1918 (page 2)

“Letters from Overseas. From Pte. P. G. Palmer. Dear Mother:—I can hardly believe that it is June 3rd once more and try to bring my scattered sense together where I was three years ago, but impossible. Canada seems very far away at present. The name makes me feel as if I had had an exciting dream and just to have left a faint recollection that there was a place named Belleville mixed up in it somewhere. If I live to see next November it will be my fourth birthday in the army which almost seems beyond imagination.

Still it would take a good many years in this country to make me like it. We are not having a bad time at present and are still in the same place from which I last wrote. I have not met any of the Belleville boys of late, but had a letter from Vernon the other day, in which he says he is well and getting on fine. There are not many of the old original boys of the 33rd left now, and it seems a bit lonely at times to see all the new faces filling in the old places, but the battery still keeps up its old name.

I don’t think this will be a very interesting letter to you, mother, but news is scarce, so can not make a letter very long. We have had no Canadian mail for a long time and the parcels do not come through at all. They must be piled up somewhere. I hope you and sisters are all well. I am in the best of health. Kindest regards to all my friends. Your loving son, P. G. Palmer.”

The Intelligencer July 19, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Renfrew Injured. Mrs. George Renfrew of Hybla, Hastings County, has just received a letter from her husband, Pte. George Renfrew, 21st Battalion, saying that he was on his way to the trenches, with his transport wagon when he fell and the wagon passed over his leg. He is in the Military Hospital at Basingstoke, Hants. and is getting along splendidly. His father, Sgt. H. Renfrew, also lives at Hybla.”