Source: The Wingham Advance, 1916-07-20, Page 1 during key word search for 18th Battalion at the Huron County Museum digital newspaper archive.
Letters from the Front
Pte. Percy Harris formerly of Wingham but now serving with the 18th Battalion, 2nd Contingent, writing from Sandling Camp, Hythe, Kent. To a friend in Wingham says:–
Reg. No. 53983[i], C. Company,
June 11th, 1915
Just a few lines to let you know how we are making things go here. This is certainly a fine place and everything is made as convenient as possible for the troops. We sleep in huts instead of tents and I think they are much better and more convenient. We received our new equipment a few days ago and the boys certainly like it as it is more easily handed than the “Oliver”.
I was up home for six days leave last week and of course my people were very glad to see me and I certainly had some time. I called on Harry Whitworth, formerly of Wingham, and he was suffering with a server attack of appendicitis. He wished to be remembered to all the Wingham folks, so you may rest assured none of us have forgotten to old Wingham town. Harry was taken to the hospital the next day, so I did not get a chance to see him again although possibly I will when I get my next leave.
Well, I must close now with love to you all.
Source: The Wingham Advance. July 1, 1915. Page 1.
[i] This is a typographic error. Sgt. Harris’ regimental number was 53682.
A friend of in Wingham received a letter from Sergt. Percy Harris in which he expresses thanks for the parcel containing the safety razor, steel mirror and dollar bill. He says the razor and mirror will indeed be very useful. Percy is with the 18th Battalion and is well, although he has been in the trenches for some time.
Source: The Wingham Advance, 1916-07-20, Page 1.