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Date: April 7th 1916

Willows Camp

April. 7, 1916

Dear Dad.

We moved to the Willows, in Victoria today most of us having started the day by rising at four in the morning.

I have just phoned up Helen and Adrian and I shall visit her tomorrow afternoon.

We had a beautiful trip over from Nanaimo. You could hardly wish for more beautiful scenery anywhere. We past over several tressels spanning gulches quite a hundred and fifty feet in height.

Most of the street-cars I have so far seen bear large posters in front which urge the men to join the C.M.R's and serve their king and country - Cursed fools who do.

We are all very sorry to leave Nanaimo It is certainly a friendly little place. Everyone seemed only too glad to help a soldier. Quite a crowd saw us off. Everyone we passed going out of Nanaimo waved us as we passed. I dont suppose you could find a more friendly place anywhere. It was rather funny when we left because we were solemnly forming fours with our spurs on. On the way down the fellows a good part of the time sang, to the tune of "Tom Browns Donkey" - Tommy and McHardy went to get recruits, Tommy and McHardy went to get recruits Tommy and Mchardy went to get recruits - But they never got a __! __! One.

I am scrawling this in the soldiers Y.M.C.A. which posseses several good writing tables.

Write when you can old man and write a large hand

Your loving son

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