September 27, 1943
Dear Mom + Dad,
Well I am sorry I haven’t wrote sooner, as you can see by my address [Shannan note: the address is Camp Hill Military Hospital] where I am and you can tell by my writing what’s wrong. Remember I think in my last letter I told you my arm was sore, well it was blood poison. Nothing to worry about, they caught it in time. I have been here since Friday afternoon, I guess I will be here for a week or two more. It’s not too bad, all they do is bath my arm and give me blood tests. I am a bed patient, they won’t let me out of bed for anything. You should see my beard, I haven’t shaved since I came in. I haven’t had any visitors either, that’s the hardest part, lying here watching everybody else on visitors day.
I am broke and down to my last bit of tobacco and this is the last stamp so could you please send me a bit.
I won’t be able to write for a while so could you please tell Marg that my arm is sore and I can’t write, give her my address and maybe she will write me without me writing her first.
I guess you won’t get this letter until about Thursday so I hope you answer as soon as you get it. I got the $2 last week and I sure needed it.
Well my arm is getting tired so I will close for now hoping you will answer soon.
[Shannan Note: found some interesting things about the hospital that Gord was at. After the Battle of Somme in 1916, The Commission realized they were not adequately prepared to handle a high number of wounded. In 1917, The Commission very quickly build Camp Hill in Halifax, the first military hospital for convalescing soldiers. For more on Canada’s Military Hospital history, go here: http://www.veterans.gc.ca/eng/steannes-hospital/about-us/history]