Sunday, January 29, 2012

Nov. 8, 1916 Bramshott Camp

Ray's battallion has marched the seven miles from Witley to Bramshott Camp. Ray writes to his mother, describing what he saw on the march, as well as news of his first pay, his first pass and questions of home.

Ray Jackson 1916

Ray Jackson (left)
Probably taken when on pass in London, Eng.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Oct.31, 1916 Witley Camp, Surrey

Ray is now in Witley Camp where he writes to his mother of the weather, the countryside landscape, driving on the left side of the road and the great number of "inns" or pubs he sees.

160th Battalion
Witley Camp

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Oct. 27, 1916 Aboard 'The Metagama'

Aboard The Metagama approaching Liverpool, Ray writes to his mother about their departure from Halifax on October 18th and complains about the rough voyage.

Oct. 9, 1916 London, Ontario

Only the first page remains of a letter Ray writes to one of his brothers about his shooting success at cove Ranges and his impending departure for overseas.

160th Battalion
London, ON

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oct. 1916 London, Ont. Carling Heights Camp

Ray writes to his mother he might join the Bombing Section if his friend Lorne does.

Sept. 24, 1916 London, Ontario Carling Heights Camp

Ray tells his mother they expect to leave for overseas at the end of October and that Gen. Lessard said that the 160th were the best Battalion he had seen since the 18th and that they should be sent to France as a unit.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Friday, January 20, 2012

August 25, 1916 London, Ontario

Ray writes to his mother about his health, an impeding innoculation, some clothing purchases, a pick pocket, going overseas, a concert and a visiting Rev. Lieut. Col. Johnson of Montreal.

Ray Jackson London, ON 1916

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

June 23, 1916 London, Ontario

Ray writes to his mother from the training camp in London, Ontario.

London Camp 1916

June 12, 1916 Walkerton, Ontario

This is Ray's first letter to his older brother Ernie who was running the family farm in Teeswater. He asks him to bring his fiancee (and later his wife) Norma Skilling out to see him.