Feature Letter of April 26th, 2017
Of course we find conditions somewhat different over here from training camp in England, but our training is standing us in good stead and consequently the health and spirits of the boys are excellent. On one occasion after a hard day's march in the rain, we were billeted in a leaky old barn with the most 'odiferous' farm yard hard by that I ever experienced. In spite of adverse conditions the place echoed with songs and laughter, followed later by the deep breathing of untroubled sleep while the water pattered down through many a hole in the roof. Germany can never hope to beat such a spirit. Even the mud and vermin and many other disagreeable things encountered are made the subjects of much humor. Can you imagine two men sitting on a firing step in the front line hunting through the seams of their shirts for 'little friends' and comparing their respective captures for a wager? I think that this unfailing sense of humor accounts in a large degree for the splendid morale of the Canadians.