February 8, 1917
Dear Mrs. Brown [Penticton Soldiers’ Comforts Association],
Many thanks for the Christmas parcel and also the card. Had a pretty good time since we arrived on the Old Sod, although the weather conditions don’t agree with the boys the same as the sunny Okanagan. Had a number of cases of measles and mumps. Sorry to say the battalion has got split into drafts; some going to France and others to construction
battalions; so the Penticton boys are all separated.
Had a letter from Pte. E. Crouch from the base in France, but he did not state very much what was taking place. He had the misfortune to be in an isolation hospital. Pte. Frank Macdonald has the mumps. Had Sergt. G. Hinckesman over from the front to pay the boys a visit, and he can tell some weird stories. His brother Jack has got a commission with the 47th Battalion, which was in training in Vernon two summers ago. Will close by wishing all a happy and prosperous New Year.
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James Farrer was killed in action on April 13th, 1918.