Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Cigar Box - Postcards Rerouted

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

On Leave between work and training... Bournemouth,  near Pooole

Two postcards addressed to Mr Mrs T A Seale on Patricia Ave in NDG, and were rerouted to 237 York St, Cornwall, the home of their son Jack who they visited from time to time. It was cool there near the St Lawrence River in the heat of summer.

The Pier, Bournemouth

Postmarked Christchurch (adjoins Bournemouth) 8 Jul 43, passed (by censor) P 231

6 July 1943 
The water is swell aren't you jealous?
Will write tonight. 
Love Bud xxx

The Needles Rocks and Lighthouse, Isle of Wight, by Night

Postmarked Bournemouth 10 Jul 43. Passed (censor) P 231

10 July 43
Boy the salt water sure tastes swell. Been swimming half mile in foreground all this week. Lovely tan.
Love Bud xxx

This next postcard was addressed to his brother Bill (Lieut Seale C.W.) at Camp Petawawa in Ontario, and rerouted to his parents address in NDG. Bill must have shipped out by the time the postcard arrived.

Bournemouth from the Zig Zag Path

Postmarked Poole, July 43, then over stamped with Petawawa Camp, Ontario Aug 2, 1943 as it was sent on to Montreal. Passed (censor) P 148

Dear Bill
Having a swell time here by the sea for a week. Have been in the water every day & does the salt water ever taste good. Swell weather & equally swell tan.
Be good. Bud


Note:  The 3 x's on most of his postcards are one for his mother, one for his father, and one for his sister.

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