Artifacts – 1940

Last updated on January 31st, 2023 at 03:34 am

The chronological list of artifacts for the calendar year 1940 follows, sorted chronologically.

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 (Day Unknown) – Letter To Mrs. Elton Newman

June 4 – Letter To Miss La Verne Woods

Historical Note


Essex Scottish Regimental Advance Party Departs for England

The “advance party” of the Essex Scottish Regiment departed Camp Borden, Ontario, for England on June 5, 1940. An advance party precedes the movement of the regiment so as to prepare facilities for the arrival of the regiment at its destination; in this instance, Warburg Barracks, Aldershot, England.


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


Editor Note – Personal Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – July 10, 1940

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


Editor Note – Personal Letter to Mrs. Elton Newman – July 13, 1940

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


Harry William Manchester Shipped Out to England

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.