Artifacts – 1940

Last updated on May 8th, 2022 at 03:52 pm

L/CPL Harry William Manchester on his patrol motorcycle, Southern England, circa 1941.

Harry William Manchester was assigned to a military installation in Windsor, Ontario, Canada sometime in late 1939 or early 1940.

February 19 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

May 7 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman

May 13 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

May 26 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman


Historical Note

Essex Scottish Preparation to Deploy Overseas

The Essex Scottish Regiment and other regiments of the Second Canadian Infantry Division assembled their troops at Camp Borden, Ontario in late May, in preparation for shipment to England. Henceforth, Harry William Manchester’s letters are sent from Camp Borden.


June 1 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

June (Day Unknown) – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

June 4 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods

June 6 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

June 11 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

June 21 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

June 25 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

July 2 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

July 2 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods

July 10 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

EDITOR’S NOTE: In his July 10th letter to his sister, Harry mentions going to the “battle range” at Camp Borden.

July 13 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

EDITOR’S NOTE: In his July 13th letter, Harry mentions “We are leaving sometime to-morrow” and “loading box cars today,” an activity probably in preparation for deploying the Essex Scottish Regiment overseas, probably departing Camp Borden on Sunday, July 14, 1940.

July 15 – Smiths Falls, Ontario – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman, written on the train enroute to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

July 16 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

July 16 – Truro, Nova Scotia – Postcard To Mrs. Elton Newman

July 20 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods

July 20 – Halifax, Nova Scotia – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman This letter was written aboard ship docked at Halifax.


Historical Note

The Essex Scottish Regiment Deploys Overseas

Harry William Manchester shipped out to England with the Essex Scottish Regiment and the Second Canadian Infantry Division in July. The Regiment departed Camp Borden, Ontario, on July 14, by train, heading east to Halifax, Nova Scotia. Harry and the Essex Scottish Regiment arrived in Halifax on July 16th.


July 21 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman, written from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.


Historical Note

Harry William Manchester Arrived in England

Harry William Manchester arrived in England (probably the Aldershot garrison) on the afternoon of August 3rd.


August 4 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman, written from England on the second day after arrival in garrison (probably Aldershot).

August 13 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

August 20 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.


Historical Note

Harry William Manchester Working as a Military Policeman

Harry William Manchester informs his sister, La Verne Woods, in his August 23rd letter, that he is now working in the Military Police.


August 23 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods from Aldershot, England.

August 23 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

September 13 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

September 20 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

September 24 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods from Aldershot, England.

September 26 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 5 – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 11 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods from Aldershot, England.

October 16 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 19 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods from Aldershot, England.

October 19 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 24 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 26 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 27 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 27 – Postcard to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 31 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

October 31 – Postcard to Miss L. Woods from Aldershot, England.

November 1 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

November 5 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

November 7 – Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman from Aldershot, England.

November 8 – Letter to Miss La Verne Woods from Aldershot, England.