|The former Dutton railway station|
This week's post is the result of something I always knew existed but never actually looked for, but then when I did look into it, it was better than I could have imagined. Not that I'm ever running short of ideas to share with you, but sometimes I put a bit more thought into the kinds of things that you all seem to enjoy based on the responses. So, this week, I thought I'd do another local piece from good old Dutton, based on some publications by the Dutton Advance.
Previously, I had been aware that the dearly departed local newspaper ran some fascinating features during the Second World War which published letters written by local boys to their families back home in the area. I decided to look into them this week, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I am not the only one interested in reading them. In fact, some of the Dutton letters are being used as part of a lesson on soldier's lives for Canadian kids through The Canadian Letters and Images Project. The best part of all is that the project has created a wonderful digital archive in which the Dutton Advance even has its own collection! For this week, I decided to compile the letters from the First World War, and depending on reader response I will continue to feature more of the letters from both the First and Second World Wars as the weeks go on. Your feedback is always welcomed and appreciated!
Without further ado, here are two letters from William Mitton:
November 12, 1914