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Some more Remembrance Day stuff. Remembering George Swance.

This is something my family has saved for many many years, and I thought it would be appropriate to post it on Remembrance Day:

This was written by Private George Swance, Canadian Army. He died on April 10, 1917 during the battle of Vimy Ridge, at the age of 25. The bloodstained letter was found on his body when he was found on the battlefield in France. The Madeline in the letter is my great-grandmother to be, about 16 at this time. The Lurene is her 12 year old sister, and Valeria was the oldest. My great-grandfather was a close friend, which was who George addressed this letter to, presumably so he could pass it along to the girls mentioned in the letter. My great-grandfather would also have been 16 at this time, and he and his parents were neighbours of the Swances. The girls mentioned above lived with their parents (my eventual great-great grandparents on that side of the family) about a km down the road. This was a very rural area, and it still is today – where everyone knew/knows everyone.

George Swance’s grave is located in CANADIAN CEMETERY No. 2, Pas de Calais,France, about a km south of the Vimy Ridge Memorial. Needless to say, when the letter was found on his body, it got mailed to my Great-grandfather. It has been safely kept in the family ever since, and it’s thanks to my grandfather that this got scanned, to preserve it when its paper and envelope eventually fade.

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