Tuesday, 31 May 2016

The Cigar Box - Postcards, Officer Cadet Training Camp

Contents of The Cigar Box - most from 1943-1945
Property of Lieutenant Thomas Ray Edward "Bud" Seale.
Enlisted:  Royal Canadian Engineers Sept 1940
Transferred:  RCASC 1st Bridge Company, then 85th Bridge 9 Jun 1941
Transferred:  15th Field Reg't, Royal Canadian Artillery

In 1943 Bud was sent to Officer Training at Catterick Camp, near Richmond, Yorkshire. There are three postcards that were sent from there.

Tan Hill Inn, abt 22 miles from Richmond, Yorkshire

Postmarked Army Post Office S.C.2, 5 Jan 44, 
123rd Officer Cadet Training Regiment, R.A. ADJT Dec 1943

Well, we are on the last leg of the course, 6 months of it, but I think it will go fast.
Love, Bud xxx

Aira Force (waterfall), near Ullswater

Postmarked Army Post Office S.C.2, 21 Oct 43, 
123rd Officer Cadet Training Regiment, R.A. ADJT Oct 1943

Dec 28th, 1943.  
Dear Folks
This is the part of the counry where I spent a week not long ago - Cumberland.
Love to all, Bud xxx

Swaledale from Willance Leap, about 6 miles from Richmond

Postmarked Catterick Camp, Yorkshire, 18 Feb 44. Passed (by censor) P 181

Feb 17th, 44
Dear Mom & Pop
Rec'd air-letter Feb 9th. The course is going well and I'm studying hard best parcel 55.
Lots of love

Graduating Class '44 - Bud is Top, 4th from right end.

Marks:  Military Law - 84, Map Reading - 95, Org & Admin - 84.5
Grade: Q1


  1. Lovely cards. I always like seeing an ancestor's handwriting and learning about what was going on in their life.

    1. I like that he always put 3 kisses... one for his Mom, one for his Pop and one for his sister waiting at home.


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