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To hear the draughts go up the line every evening singing and cheering, band playing. Sister said yesterday it made her blood run cold; they go up never to return, except to come maimed for life. I don’t think I have written like this before mother, which plainly says things are much worse.

Paris was shelled from the Germans 75 mile gun. As we came through one street there, the chauffeur showed us where bombs had dropped. Sister Coneys came through Paris yesterday; one shell dropped 20 yards from their ambulance, she was down South when I was there: but I left a few days before. I went into two churches while in Paris; perhaps it might have been one of these that was shelled.

VAD members with injured soldiers, n.d.
Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador (PANL P15-A1), St. John’s, Newfoundland.
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The Casualty Clearing Stations are bombed; we have nearly twenty Sisters, who had to leave for their life, saved nothing only what they wore; shells flying everywhere. They say at one place there are 6000 wounded Tommies waiting to be sent somewhere, walking about in horrid conditions; of course if these C.C.s had not been bombed, we would not have been so busy: this now is like a Casualty Clearing Station.

Boys are dying for want of attention; they cannot be attended to before being sent down here; wounds lying so long of course must kill them. It is horrible mother.

Good bye. Nothing would induce me to give it up mother.


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Letter Courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives
(Frances Cluett Collection 174), Queen Elizabeth II Library,
Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Newfoundland