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Date: January 27th 1919
William & Georgina Mercer
Richard Mercer

[transcription and footnotes have been provided by the collection donor]

Fleron[287], Belgium
Near Leige[288]
Jany 27/19

Dear Father & Mother:-

Thanks for letter received the other day dated Oct 30th. Quite a long time on the road.

We left Bonn[289] at 5 a.m. yesterday morning and was on the road till 1.30 p.m. when we arrived here. It was an eighty mile trip but am glad we are out of Germany. It is one step nearer home. I don't think it will be very long before we are in England. I think we might go to Rhyl in the north of Wales. I only hope we do because it is only about 20 miles from Liverpool[290].

I did not finish this but will now. We are now in a little place near Namur called Vedrin. It is a very pretty place. We have had a leave to Brussells of 2 days. I saw where Nurse Cavelle was shot and a lot of different places such the Cathedral. I bought a little Brussels lace[291] which I will send you. I don't know how long it will be before we get to England.

Must close

Your loving Son

[287] Fleron, as of 2003, is a community of 16,000 and lies 3 kilometers east of the city of Liege, Belgium.
[288] The city of Liege is the capital of Liege province. With 186,000 (2002) residents, it is the most populous commune in eastern Belgium. It lies at the confluence of the Meuse River and the Ourthe River, 25 kilometers south of the Dutch city of Maastricht, and 40 kilometers west of Aachen, in Germany. Liege, heavily industrialized, was the economic engine of Belgium in the 19th century, but saw decline in the late 20th century with the closing of the local coal mines and heightened international competition. Liege has been inhabited since prehistoric times, but its modern era begins around 700 CE, with the murder of Saint Lambert. Purported miracles began to occur on the site of the murder, attracting pilgrims and spurring development. 
[289] The 2nd Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade was totally motorized including it own Brigade supply train. There is no record of this military unit operating with any horses. Few convoy groups from the Great War could average over 10 miles per hour for such a long distance.
[290] Private Richard Mercer has several relations and family friends in the Liverpool district and there is a desire to see everyone again now that the war is over. Details on his final days in England are still under research at this time.
[291] It is not know if this item still exists within the family.