Letter 1: January 14, 1941 from Brandon, MB
Well I’m in the RCAF as you will notice. I had to stay over in Regina for two days and then on the 8th I came to Brandon. I got here about half past three in the afternoon. There are sure a lot of fellows here. I’ve seen Jack Lowther and Wallace Rowan quite abit and I was out with Jack one night. There are two Barracks here the A & B barracks & the C barracks. I’ve been at the C barracks up until today when air flight was moved up to B &C. Jack & Wallace are both in B & C so I’ve been kind of separated from them. I met some boys from Weyburn, one fellow I met on the train went on to Toronto, he didn’t know you but you may have heard of him or his father, his name is Bill Montgomery his dad runs a garage down there.
I felt kind of low for a day or two on account of the vaccinations and the inoculations. I got 2 inoculations & one vaccination last Friday, but by morning I felt alright. I was out for lunch & supper on Sunday & then went to church & then to a social afterwards and then two girls who I met outside the church walked me home to the barracks, I told them I was lost & didn’t know how to get back. I was at another girls house for lunch last night with another fellow & had a very good time.
Just about half an hour ago we were all out on a pocket parade, some fellow ost 40 dollars & they had us all in a line & then they made us empty out pockets and then they started searching our bunks but just as they got started the fellow found his wallet on the floor.
We sure hear some funny expressions here, the other day a fellow on parade had his stomach stuck away out while standing at attention & Serg hollowed heh you pull in your gut, anyone would think you were about 6 months gone. Well I guess there isn’t more to say for now so I will close.
PS I heard from dad yesterday he told me about the boys going to Weyburn for their training. Write soon
Your loving brother
Wallace Rowan was the son of Garnet Rowan and Agnes Jane Gemmell, farmers in the Tuxford District
Jack Lowther was the son of Roy T. Lowther and Laura Astleford, the owners of a General Store in Tuxford
Jack was killed in action on the 27thSeptember 1943
Roy and Laura’s only other child David was killed in action on the 3rd of March 1943
No. 2 Manning Depot
No. 2 Manning Depot
This is a link to the “Airman’s Post” that Fred would have read while there