Grand Bank Soldier: The War Letters of Lance Corporal Curtis Forsey

Lay Summary 

This volume includes fifty-one letters written by Curtis Forsey, a Newfoundlander born in Grand Bank, from the time of his enlistment in the Newfoundland Regiment on May 31, 1917, until his return to his home town in early February 1919.

The letters were addressed to his parents and they refer to his experiences as a soldier training in Scotland and England, his introduction to trench warfare, the death of friends and comrades, his concern about those still at home in Grand Bank and for those with him in the battlefields of western Europe.

Containing the thoughts and feelings of a young soldier who volunteered to serve his country and witnessed the horrors of the First World War, these letters serve as a reminder of the harsh realities faced by those who participated in the war.

The book includes period photographs and an appendix, listing the names, rank and birth and death dates for men from Grand Bank who served in World War I, both in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment and other branches of the Canadian and British Armed Forces.

The book will be of particular use to those interested in the contribution made by Newfoundland during the First World War.

Queen Elizabeth II Library
Grand Bank
St. John's
Newfoundland and Labrador
United Kingdom
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Heritage Institutions
Start date 
1 Jan 2007