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1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade
Pte. Richard William Mercer
Personal Letters from the Great War: 1915 - 1919
Introduction

Table of Contents

Pre-Enlistment in the 196th Western Universities Battalion
Letter 1 II/Cpl. Alan Emery to William and Georgina Mercer - August 6, 1915
Somewhere in France
Letter 2 Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - March 27, 1916
Wawota, Saskatchewan, Canada

The 196th University Battalion and Machine Gun Corps Training in England
Letter 3 Cpl. Alan Emery to Uncle William and Aunt Georgina Mercer - May 28, 1916
Somewhere in France
Letter 4 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - June 10, 1916
Camp Hughes, Sewell, Manitoba, Canada
Letter 5 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - October 22, 1916
Camp Hughes, Manitoba, Canada
Letter 6 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 13, 1916
Brighton Sanatorium, Brighton, Sussex, England
Letter 7 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 17, 1916
Borough Sanatorium, Brighton, Sussex, England
Letter 8 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - March 10, 1917
Crowborough, Sussex, England
Letter 9 Corporal Alan Emery to Uncle William and Aunt Georgina Mercer - April 6, 1917
Somewhere in France

Private Richard Mercer Moving "Up the Line" in France
Letter 10 Reverend G. M. Joyce to William and Georgina Mercer - April 21, 1917
The Woodrow, Witney-Oxon, England
Letter 11 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - April 28, 1917
Camp, Somewhere in France
Letter 12 Unknown Family Friend to William Mercer - May 14, 1917
16 Rufford Rd., Fairfield, Liverpool, Lanc., England
Letter 13 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - May 20, 1917
Camblain L'Abbeye, France
Letter 14 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - June 14, 1917
Camblain L'Abbeye, France
Post Card 15 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - July 17, 1917
Bois de Verdrel, France
Letter 16 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - July 27, 1917
Bois de Verdrel, France
Letter 17 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - September 26, 1917
Barlin, France
Letter 18 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - October 9, 1917
Barlin, France

Belgium, Passchendaele and its Aftermath
Letter 19 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - October 24, 1917
York Camp, near Poperinghe, Passchendaele, Belgium
Letter 20 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - October 29, 1917
York Camp, near Poperinghe, Passchendaele, Belgium
Letter 21 Pte. Richard Mercer to Uncle Henry Mercer - November 11, 1918
Salvation Army, 14th General Hospital at Wimereux, France
Telegram 22 Director of Records to Georgina Mercer - November 14, 1917
Canadian Pacific Railway telegram from Ottawa to Theodore
Letter 23 Pte. Richard Mercer to Uncle Henry Mercer - November 18, 1917
#25 General Hospital, Boulogne France
Letter 24 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 8, 1917
Pernes, France

Return to the Borden Battery in France
Letter 25 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 2, 1917
Canmiers, France
Letter 26 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 24, 1917
Pernes, France
Letter 27 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 31, 1917
Verdrel, France
Letter 28 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - January 3, 1918
Verdrel, France
Letter 29 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - January 16, 1918
Verdrel, France
Letter 30 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - January 26, 1918
43, Hartington Road, Sefton Park, Liverpool
Letter 31 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - February 9, 1918
Verdrel, France

Quiet Before the Storm - Vimy Ridge Area
Letter 32 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - February 13, 1918
Vimy Ridge Area, Verdrel, France
Letter 33 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - February 20, 1918
Vimy Ridge Area, Verdrel, France
Letter 34 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - March 3, 1918
Vimy Ridge Area, Verdrel, France
Letter 35 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - March 12, 1918
Vimy Ridge Area, Verdrel, France
Letter 36 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - March 19, 1918
Vimy Ridge Area, Verdrel, France
Post Card 37 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - March 31, 1918
Hébecourt, France

The 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade and the Last Hundred Days
Letter 38 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - May 8, 1918
Verdrel, France
Letter 39 Bess Halsalls to William and Georgina Mercer - June 19, 1918
The Bruinswick, Buxton, Derbyshire, England
Letter 40 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - September 9, 1918
Maiziéres, France
Letter 41 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - September 22, 1918
Tilloy-les-Hermanville, France
Letter 42 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - September 25, 1918
Tilloy-les-Hermanville, France
Letter 43 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - October 14, 1918
Baralle, France

Occupation Force Duties and Return to Canada
Letter 44 Corporal Alan Emery to William and Georgina Mercer - December 10, 1918
Somewhere in France
Letter 45 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 13, 1918
Rheinbach, Germany
Letter 46 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - December 15, 1918
Friesdorf / Bonn, Germany
Post Card 47 2nd Lieut. Dennis Emery to William and Georgina Mercer - December 18, 1918
Grand Hotel du Cap Martin, France
Letter 48 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - January 23, 1919
Friesdorf / Bonn, Germany
Letter 49 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - January 27, 1919
Fleron, Belgium (near Leige)
Letter 50 Pte. Richard Mercer to William and Georgina Mercer - February 15, 1919
Vedrin, Belgium
Letter 51 Georgina Mercer to Pte. Richard Mercer - April 1, 1919
Theodore, Saskatchewan, Canada
Letter 52 The Post Office Department to Richard Mercer - September 4, 1919
Theodore, Saskatchewan, Canada

Epilogue


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