Letter to Dad

February 27, 1919 – Letter to Robert’s father:

Dear Dad,

Your letter of Feb. 9th came today. I know that I should not try to answer today cause I feel pretty bum. They keep stalling along about why we don’t move. We are now in the S.O.S. and consequently don’t have to drill. All we do is walk about 5 kilos a day. Oh I guess we are on our way but a day seems a week now.

I got the Digest which you sent but have not had time to read it yet.

There is no news, we just eat + wait until bed time and then do the same all over the next day. It rains as much as usual or more.

There are rumors about leaving for Le Mans but there always have been rumors and there always will be in the army.

I met Elinore’s brother Sunday. He is in the signal battalion of this division. 

Your letters are always very encouraging and I have enjoyed them very much. I do not worry about anything except I want to get Elinore away from home. Her old man is one of those close German Square Heads and I imagine he begrudges every mouthful of food Elinore eats, and I hear that he has a lot of money saved up and salted away somewhere. You know how tight lots of those dutch men are.

I got a nice letter from W.R. Nicol the other day.

I will not be able to go to see Aunt Aggie and Scotland and I am very sorry. I wrote her to stop sending me boxes. I shall miss them very much.

They say that we will sail April 25th from Le Mans.

I wrote to Gilbert yesterday but will have no chance to see him since we are leaving so soon.

I feel fine and I hope you are all as well as usual.

Love to all, Rob.


Wow, Robert was a little cranky today! And off to a bad start with his father in law, too. Not sure why he keeps saying they will sail home from Le Mans, which is about 100 miles from the western coast of France. They will spend a few weeks in Le Mans before heading home, though.

Where was Robert today? See the timeline.

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