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At Home and Away: Remembering the First World War through records at the Archives of Manitoba

Visit this blog for regular posts about records at the Archives of Manitoba that date from the time of the First World War. Visit the Archives of Manitoba to see the records in person.

From April 2016 to April 2017, this blog will feature the First World War letters of one Manitoba soldier, George Battershill, of East Kildonan. Most of the letters were written to his mother or to his father. The blog will follow the letters that George wrote in the same week, one hundred years ago.

July 2016 Posts:

18 July 2016

One Manitoba Soldier: Out of the trenches

On July 20, 1916, George Battershill came out of the trenches and wrote several letters home on that day. Our collection includes both a letter to his mother and to his father. George reports that he wasn’t able to write letters in the trenches.

In the letter to his Dad, George wrote:

“Just a line to say that I am well. I have just got out of the trenches after a pretty hot time. I am putting a few lines to them all in this green envelope so give them to the ones whose name is written on it.”

The green envelope survived with the letters and can be seen in the images below.

first July 20, 1916 letter with 2 pages and an envelope

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Archives of Manitoba,
Battershill family fonds,
Letter from George Battershill,
July 20, 1916
#629-631A, P7471/3.

second July 20, 1916 letter with 4 pages

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Archives of Manitoba,
Battershill family fonds,
Letter from George Battershill,
July 20, 1916,
#632-635, P7471/3.

first July 23, 1916 letter with 3 pages

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Archives of Manitoba,
Battershill family fonds,
Letter from George Battershill,
July 23, 1916,
#636-638, P7471/3.

second July 23, 1916 letter with 3 pages

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Archives of Manitoba,
Battershill family fonds,
Letter from George Battershill,
July 23, 1916,
#639-641, P7471/3.

Search Tip: Search the Battershill family fonds in Keystone for more information. All of the George Battershill letters have been digitized and can be read from the database (if you can’t wait for the weekly installments!).

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11 July 2016

Panoramic photo of the 61st Battalion: Where's George Battershill?

There were no letters from George Battershill for this week, so instead we are posting a photograph of the 61st Battalion, of which George was a part.


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Panoramic photo: Archives of Manitoba,
“‘C’ Coy. 61st Battalion, C.E.F, Winnipeg 1915”, D151/7

We only have one photograph of George Battershill and it is not clear, upon comparison, whether or not he is in this group photograph.


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Archives of Manitoba, Battershill family fonds,
clipping of George Battershill obituary, P7472/4.

If you know the identity of any of the men in the panoramic photograph, please let us know!

This photograph is one of nine panoramas that are currently on display in the entrance area of the Archives. Read more about the display on our May 12 blog post. Come visit the Archives of Manitoba to see the display.

Search Tip: Search the Battershill family fonds in Keystone for more information. All of the George Battershill letters have been digitized and can be read from the database (if you can’t wait for the weekly installments!).

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4 July 2016

One Manitoba Soldier: Writing letters and waiting for more

At the beginning of July, 1916, George Battershill had finished his first 9 days in the trenches and was waiting to go back for a second time. George writes primarily about the letters he has written, the letters he’s about to write and the replies for which he is waiting. George reports to his dad that he’s received his first pay day in France – 20 Francs, about $4.00.

July 7, 1916 letter with 3 pages

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Archives of Manitoba,
Battershill family fonds,
Letter from George Battershill,
July 7, 1916,
#621-623, P7471/3.

Search Tip: Search the Battershill family fonds in Keystone for more information. All of the George Battershill letters have been digitized and can be read from the database (if you can’t wait for the weekly installments!).

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