May Wilson

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Your album is your garden too

Where all your friends may sow

Where thorns & thistles gather not

And only roses grow

I also in your garden plot would sow

The Forget Me Not

Pte H Adshead

22nd Batt Manchesters’

14.4.16

Also thanking Sister Wilson

During my short stay at

Nethercourt V.A. D

 

 The Yorkshire mumS  Motto        1/6

Hear all and never say nowt

Drink all and never pay nowt

And if thou wants owt doing

Well do it for thissen

With best wishes to

Sister Wilson

Sapper Bostock R E

 

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God Made the little Nigger’s

He Made them All at Night

He Made them in a hurry

And forgot to Make them White

Thanking the Sister’s & Nurses for there

Kind treatment to me during my

Stay at Nethercourt

                Yours Sincerely

                Mrs. Brown

                6th D.L.I

Wounded Feb 5th  16 Sanctuary Wood

11/4/16

 

Money talk’s that’s what people say

Money talks to someone every day

I’ve tried to get on speaking terms with

                                                (M.O.N.E.Y.)

But the only thing it ever said to me

                                Is Good-bye  Good-bye

                                                Good-bye

Thanking the Sister’s and Nurse’s for their kink

Treatment to me whilst staying at Nethercourt

With best Wishes.   Yours sincerely

 a/c T.Bateman.3rd.  Batt. Rifle Brigade

wounded at Hooge Sun Feb 13rh. 16                                                       28/03/16

 

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For gold the merchant ploughs the main

The farmer ploughs the manor

But glory is the soldier’s pride

The soldier’s wealth is honour

The brave poor soldier ne’er despise

Nor count him as a stranger.

Remember, he’s his country’s stay

In day and hour of danger.

 

With best wishes to Str. Wilson for her kindness during my stay at the V.A.D.

Pte. J. Condron

1st York’s

Wounded at Ypres

Feb.15.1916

 

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B.CARTER           

CAPT

49TH CANADIANS

WE  CLOSE ON FRIDAY

 

YOU CAN’T COME IN, IT WOULD GET THE PLACE A BAD NAME!!

 

TRY AN IRON CROSS

BILL!

 

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-----------------    Afar let CANNON BELLOW DEATH,

WHERE SHATTERED SHIPS SINK IN THE MAIN

FROM BLOOD  - DRENCHED RAVISHED   HOMES

THEY  CALL.

AVENGE, AVENGE THE FOULLY SLAIN

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With many thanks and best wishes to Sister

Wilson for kind attentions during my stay at

Nethercourt.                                    

405486 Pte Rothwell,

26 Battalion

Canada

 

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WHEN.THE GOLDEN SUN IS SINKING

FAR AWAY OVER THE SEA

AND OF OTHERS YOU ARE THINKING

WILL YOU SOME TIMES THINK OF ME

WITH KINDNESS REGUARDS AND BEST WISHES

TO SISTER WILSON. WOUNDED AT MISSINES 30/4/16

4422 Pte.P.Hierans 2nd Leinster Rgt.

 

 

Thanking Sister Wilson & the nurses of V.A.D Hospital for their kindness

& attention during my short stay. There.

I wish you all the very best of luck

 wherever you may be.& only health

 wealth & happiness go with you all

 in future life, Is the wish of

L.CPt Harker 1460

-----------  27th Northumberland Fusilier

a company

Wounded at albirt.

the 11/5/16.         -------   ------

Left wrist

 

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With many thanks to Sister Wilson

For her kindness and all the attention

She paid to me during my stay at

Nethercourt V.A.D. Hospital and wishing

Her the best of Luck and every success

 

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From Pt. John Taylor

2nd Welsh Rgt

Wounded in the Village of Loos May 12/1916

 

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Wounded at Armentiere

April 26.1916

 

With many thanks and best wishes to

                Sister Wilson for kind attentions

During my stay at Nethercourt

11/11 Pte Arthur Bilbrough

9th Batt Duke of Wellington’s Regt.

 

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With many thanks & Best Wishes

To Sister Wilson for kind attentions

During my stay at Nethercourt

A.M. RISPIN.

R.F.C. 

29/3/16

 

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With best wishes and many

Thanks for your great kindness

to me during my stay at

Nethercourt which I was very

Sorry to leave.

                Yours sincerely

                  Pte  L Day 1719

                  17th Royal Fusiliers

Wounded at

Cuvenchy Feb 17/16

Arrived Nethercourt

                Feb 24/16

 

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It is true you are a sport

And all the boy’s will miss

                You at Nethercourt.

With many thanks for your kindness and attention whilst

In your care.

                R.W.

 

There was a time,  I knew you not

But since my eyes beheld you first

My mind was  here free

For you were dear until my heart

More dear than word can tell

And if you have a fault with me

Tis loving you to well

                Richard  Filburn

                 Wounded Ypres

                   Jan 24th 1916

 

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Here’s to  the  Dove that flies above.

That never lost a feather

That you & I shall never die

Till we kick the bucket

                                Together

That’s true

                Andrew Mottershead

                               ASL 

Met with accident

Flugstreete    Jan 24th

               

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Tis better to smoke here

                                                than hereafter

 

                                                                                               

First God made men and then

He made woman, and then he

Felt so sorry for man He

                Tobacco

May luck be

with you in all

your travels

 G.R.W. Oaks

                R.F.A.

 

Canada Canada the land

of freedom and liberty.  Who have

send his Sons fourth to uphold

the freedom that our father’s

fought so dearly for us.

With many thanks Pte  T.V.  Meara

& best wishes to 5th, Batt Winnipeg 

Wounded at Ypres

24th April arrived at Nethercourt May May 4th 1916          

                Logan ave 1623   Winnipeg

With many thanks & best wishes to

Sister Wilson for her kindness to me while I was staying

at V.A.D. Hospital.

 

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                Date 24/7/17

A lady was walking down a

Street, with a Dog and came across

a boy.  and The Dog  bit the

boy leg.

                                Remarks

Lady

                I am sorry my  Dog bit you here is a shilling Boy

Boy

 No I say Lady let him have two more bites to make it

                Half Crown

Pte S.R  Adams

8 Glouster Regt

 

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With many thanks  .  Best wishes to

Sister Wilson for kind attentions during

my stay at Nethercourt

Corp. F. Jessup 17690

7th Border Regt.

Wounded at Ypres

Feb.15th 1916

 


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Seek out the good in every man

And speak of him the best ye can

Then will men speak well of thee

And say how kind of heart ye be.

 

With many thanks and every good

With thanks for kind attention while at Nethercourt

                E Bryant

                8th Batt Queens Regt

Wounded at Ypres Feb 6th 1916

 

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Of all the work. The silent part is best.

Of all expressions. That which

Cannot be expressed.

Wakeford.

30/3/18

2.A. Hospital

Vincent Sq

London.

 

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THE “kings”.

L.Cpt. Fitzgerald

1st/7th KINGS

L. Pools

 

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I have found the staff of  Nethercourt;

Good hearted & full of sport.

I write these lines.

Because they shine

And for the remembrance of Nethercourt.

            __________________

I wish you the best of luck on all your

Travels

Gunr G Wilson

2/3 East Lane’s R. F. 

Rad  Hernia

May 1916.

 

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A little dab a powder

A little dab a paint

Makes a Girls complexion,

What it really ain’t.

 

Signed

L/cp Hecker

 

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Could we but our passions rule

Though we spare thee many years of sorrow

Could we but keep that golden rule

Think to day

And speak tomorrow.

With my best wishes

 & every success.

a.Xalker

30.5.18

 

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THE. QUEENS

T Stockdale. 2nd Batt. Queens

Wounded at. May 11

 

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CONNAUGHT RANGERS

With many thanks and best wishes

To” Sister Wilson” Sisters and staff of the V.a.D. Hospital. Nethercourt. For

There kindness and attension during my stay, Joseph Fairs 3685

Connought Rangers.

 

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There are three things which are too

Wonderful for me, yea, four, which I know not: -----

The way of an eagle in the air;

The way of an eagle in the air;

The way of a serpent upon a rock;

The way of a ship in the midst of a sea;

And, the way of a man with a maid.”

Proverbs xxx. 18-19

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For she’s a jolly good Sister

And so say all of us –

Fitzgerald

 

Morgan

 

Pink

Gibson T

Staff nurse Spurr

April 1st 1918

My last night at military Hosp:

Newcastle Staff

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A.C Gerrard.

Stoke –War – Hosp.

New castle

Staff’s

OFFICER:- WELL –

Sgt:Major :- THIS MAN CHARGED FOR

                       BEING ABSENT 2 DAYS

OFFICER : 6 MONTHS’ HARD LABOUR

Sgt ; Major. YOU CANNOT GIVE HIM THAT SIR.

OFFICER.     WELL. 2 MONTHS.

Sgt Major.   YOU CANNOT GIVE HIM THAT SIR.

OFFICER.      WELL WHAT CAN I GIVE HIM

Sgt Major.    2 DAYS PAY OR SOMETHING THERE ABOUTS

OFFICER.      TAKING TWO SHILLINGS from his pocket giving it to the accused, saying

Don’t let it occur again or you won’t get so much.

H E.

M.T.AS,C.

24.7.17

 


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What’ees it be. It seems to we,

‘Tis only noble. To be poor,

Know hearts are than

And simple faith than human blood.

Stoke. War Hospital’

March 1918

James Maxwell

MD

 

 

Woman would be more charm-

Ing if one could fall into her

arms without falling into her hands.

Stoke War Hospital,

March 31st, 1918.

WEaHarris

CF

 

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THE ROYAL DRAGOONS

Cpt B Proctor

Wounded Feb 4th 1916

Hulluck near

Loos

 

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2nd Queens R.W.S.

There are loyal hearts there are spirirts brave

There are souls that are pure and true

Then give the world the best you have

And the best will come back to you

Gassed at Carney carney

26th April 1916

Yours Truly

Pte W Colley

2nd of Foot

 

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A fool there was who made his prayer

To a bone, a rag, and a lock of hair.

L.Cpl Gregg

1/5 West Yorks

5/6/16

 

Wounded

near albert

20/2/16

 

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May good fortune and health

Go with you all your days

Mr V Penk

Stoke War Hospital.

1-4-18

 

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WITH BEST WISHES

YOURS SINCERLEY

S.G.CHALK

1st C.M.R

29.3.16

 

Old Lady “So. William, YOU’VE COME BACK TO US WOUNDED I HEAR. HOW DID IT HAPPEN?”

William “SHELL, Mxm”

Old Lady “A SHELL! OH DEAR! AND DID IT EXPLODE?”

William “EXPLODE, Mum? Not LIKELY.

IT JUST CREPT UP SOFTLY BEHIND – AND BIT ME.

 

PUNCH 22.12.15

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Cure for Love

Take 12 ozs of Wislike

1 pound of Resolution

2 ozs of the powder of Experience

A large sprig of Time

14 drachms of the quiet of Dishonour

1 quart of Cooling Water of Consideration

 

Set them over a gentle fire of love

Sweeten it with sugar of Forgetfulness

Skim it with the spoon of melancholy

Put it to the bottom of your Heart

Cook it with the cork of Conscience

There let it remain, and you will

Instantly find case and be

Restored to your right senses again

The above things are to be procured of

The apothecary, at the house of Understanding

Next door to reason, in Prudent Street, in the

Parish of Contentment, By one who knows

May 1904.

 

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Here jolly good health

and the best of wishes to

the Sisters and nurses of

Nethercourt v a D hospital

For their kindness and

gentle attendance to

me during my stay

here wounded March

8th came to England

the 16th on H Ship

Brighton

J Ca Dimes

Crondall

Hants

 

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“The common problem, yours, mine, everyones,

Is. Not to fancy what were fair in life,

Providing it could be, - but finding first

What maybe, then find how to make

It fair

Up to our means.”- Robert Browning

Florence Chapman

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It was with Sister Wilsons XXX

The bocloi placed my arm

She use to bring the water stol

Which caused me great alarm

I use to think it was so bad

For her to bring it so

I often thought she’d send me mad

And of sin should of

Twas but Sister Wilsons Care

Of her I am so proud

I’d hug her closely if I dare

I should far sro loud

Now I thank her dearly

In all the good she’s done

If there are angles earthly

Sister Wilson’s one

Pte F.T. Goulton

Stoke War Hospital

Newcastle

S Staffs

 

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If scribbling in albums.

True friendships ensures

With the greatest of pleasures

I. Will scribble in yours

Adam

Stoke war Hospital

4.3.18

 

 

 

Newcastle Stoke War hospital

Staffs

“ The Hours I spent with thee dear Heart”

With all good wishes

Molly Morgan

1-4.18

8.30pm

 

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If scribbling in albums.

True friendships ensures

With the greatest of pleasures

I. Will scribble in yours

Adam

Stoke war Hospital

4.3.18

 

 

 

Newcastle Stoke War hospital

Staffs

“ The Hours I spent with thee dear Heart”

With all good wishes

Molly Morgan

1-4.18

8.30pm

 

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God gave us “memories”

that we might have

“Roses” in December

Jean Muir

1.4.15

 

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Best Wishes

and

best of luck

 

Pte A Hall

7th Lincolnshire Rgt

C.3. Ward

Stoke War. Hos.

Newcastle

 

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G.H.Skinner

706 Lab.Co

R.X.

11.11.17

 

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“Life is mainly froth & bubble

Two things stand like stone

Kindness in your neighbours’ trouble

Courage in your own”

author unknown by she who

wrote it

Edith Kirwan ward

71 Vincent Square

May 30 1918

 

Be true to the best of

yourself, fearing & desiring

nothing, but living up to

your nature:- then you

will be happy.

(Marcus Aurelius.

Helen Burton

Queen Alexandra Hospital

London    May 1918

 

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May your joys be as deep as the ocean

Your sorrows as light as the foam

Mary Rowan

Q.A.M.N.S.(R).

Stoke War

Hosp.

21.3.1918

 

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I CAN’T FIND THAT ARMLET

I’LL HAVE A DRINK

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ONE OF THE BHOYS

SGT [signature]

1917

 

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with best wishes and

every success to your

sister

Sincerley

Lillian Russell

 

Winnipeg General

ETV. 12/9/1918


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“She’s no coming oot

the nicht”

D Thomson

1918

 

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Progress Upward

In its giving & its getting

In its smiling & its fretting

In its peaceful years of toiling

And its awful days of War

Ever as the world is moving

And all human life is proving

It is reaching toward the purpose

That the great God meant

it for 

__________________

To the end from the beginning

Through as virtue and all sinning

Runs the golden thread

of Right

from E.W.Wilcox

 

Yours very sincerely

& with every good wish

for a pleasant & safe voyage

 

Sister M. Hill

Q.A.I.M.N.S.R.

 

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9.6.16

I dreamt that I died

and to Heaven did go

Where did you come from

They wanted to know

When I said nethercourt

St Peter did stare

So he said “come inside

Youre the first one from there

 

D Gear

 

 

June 28/18

Indeed the

times are out

of joint!

 

A charwood

 

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June 27th /18

 

A member of the Rogue’s Retreat

 

S. T. S. Smith Giech

5th Can Inf.

 

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Here’s to a British Soldier,

No better lad than he,

He’s fond of his lass

But what about his glass

And there’s no better fighter than he.

 

Pte H Blacksham

Royal defence Corps

Late

2/5 N Staffs Regt

With kind regards and best wishes

to Sister Wilson

 

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When we get to Berlin

The Kaiser he will say

Um Got! Von Got!

What a damn fine lot

Are the Boys of the A.V.C

 

 

In the Golden Chair

of friendship, regard me.

As a link.

Sadie Dixon

Stoke War Hospital

 

5.3.18.

 

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To Miss Wilson. Companion in misfortune – Vincent Square

I’m only a poor V.A.D.

As in uniform quickly you’d see;

I’ve been horribly smashed

for a motor-car crashed

Into me, and damaged my knee.

 

Sometimes when I’m knitting my sock

Miss Wilson, (who suffers from “shock”)

Comes and sits by my bed

And often she’s said

She thinks me a lazy old crock

 

For in bed I’m made just to lie,

While now on her pins she’s quite spry.

I think it’s a shame

That I should have blame

For not walking- I’m longing to try.

 

Sometimes with a wheeze

She’ll laugh and she’ll teaze

And we often make fun of each other.

I know I’ll feel sad

Thought for her I’ll be glad

When she has safely crossed over four seas.

 

Active Service is all very fine

But for her own native land she must pine

It’s not nice to be sick

And one craves to be quick

to get back to the work near the “line”!

 

But when the war’s done

And home we are gone

Having tried to do our small bit

For the good of the Cause

In the Greatest of Wars

We shan’t be too sorry to quit.

 

M. G. Fykes. Clinton

25th May 1918

 

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A.Creed.

so many gods, so many creeds

so many paths. That wind & wind

whilst Just the act of being kind.

Is.all.this.big world needs

 

“night watch dog”

N. WATT

 

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“Rise up in the morning with thee

Wile that smooth or rough-

You’ll grin

Sink to sleep at midnight, and

Although you’re feeling tough

Yet even

There’s nothing to be gained by

Whining & you’re not that kind of stuff

You’re a fighter from away back

& you won’t take a rebuff;

Your trouble is, you don’t know when

You’ve had enough ---

Don’t give in”

 

Songs of a Sour-Dough-

Robert W. Service

(The Canadian Kipling)

Marian Bateman

Vincent Square

11.5.18



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with heaps of love

and very best wishes to

a most “patient” patient

Sincerely

Margaret Straith

 

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When I get up to Heaven

I shall lean on a Golden Bar

and plant down Golden two pences’s

where the Golden lanhands are

no one shall say time please

no one shall turn me out

no one shall refuse to serve me

nor venture to raise a doubt.

For I shall rest on a Golden Cloud

And xxxxx my feet on a Star Beam

Tossing for drinks with the angels

While smoking a Golden Cigar

H.T.P

 

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“Te le pansy; Dien le quasit”

Ambrose Pare

A.M.Baston Tharle. 71 Vincent Square

June 2: 1918

 

 

Winnepeg July 28/20

 

How often is our path

Crossed by some being

Whose bright spirit sheds

A passing gladness ‘oer it,

But whose course leads

Blown another xxxxxxx

Never more to blend with ours

Sincerely

Win Kemball

 

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We are, but little soldier weak

We get but 3/6 a week

The more we do

The more we may

It make’s no difference

To our Pay

Pte S Manley

South wales

Borderers

 

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On the steepest slopes of Vimy

Ridge,

Two comrades off mine lay

Ill go  and visit their lovely graves

In just one year and a day.

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                                                87444

Pte. George f. Brown.

27th Canadians . B.E.F.

Winnipeg,  Manitoba

Canada

Wounded May 2nd 1917

On Vimy  Ridge.

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Laugh & the world laughs with you

Weep & you weep all alone

This earth needs all your mirth

Its plenty of greive of its own

Smile & your friends always smiling

But sigh and they’ll pass you

                                                                by

                                                                               

Succeed & give and they’ll

                                                let you live

But fail & they’ll let

You die

                                Yours truly

                                Bom Clarke F

               

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That good health may be restored

to you soon, as a reward for

untiring devotion to your profession

and sacrifice to the need of the

wounded boys, as is apparent in

 their expressions of gratitude

jotted down in this little book

is the sincere wish of your

newly made friend

Aug.1918    Margaret M Ross N.S.

Gen. Hospital

Winnipeg

Man.

 

 

I will be the last one in this book

Theres awonderous lot of power

Ina honest wholesome smile

It often stands a blessing

That will travel for amile

Why –when hearts are sad and heavy

And the days are dark the while

you can notice that things brighten

From the moment that you smile

---                      ----                  -----

Miss is your name

Single is your station

Happy is the little man

That makes the alteration

---            -----          ---

Make new friends –but keep the old

One is silver the other gold          2/5/16

                                C Westby 7th Lincolns Reg