Kiss the kids for dad, Don't forget to write: The Wartime Letters of George Timmins, 1916-18 by Y.A. BennettKiss the kids for dad, Don't forget to write: The Wartime Letters of George Timmins, 1916-18 by Y.A. Bennett

Kiss the kids for dad, Don't forget to write: The Wartime Letters of George Timmins, 1916-18

EditorY.A. Bennett

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Between 1916 and 1918, Lance-Corporal George Timmins, a British-born soldier who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote faithfully to his wife, May, and three children back home in Oshawa. Sixty-three letters and four fragments survived.

These letters tell the compelling story of a man who, while helping his fellow Canadians make history at Vimy, Lens, Passchendaele, and Amiens, used letters home to remain a presence in the lives of his wife and children, and who drew strength from his family to appreciate life’s simple pleasures, when they were afforded. A quiet heroism and the enduring values of the everyday underpin this ordinary soldier’s arresting descriptions of the brotherhood of the trenches and activities behind the lines in Belgium and France.

The letters in Kiss the kids for dad, Don’t forget to write, transcribed and annotated by Y.A. Bennett, offer a rare glimpse into the experiences and relationships, at home and abroad, of a Canadian infantryman, and illuminate themes such as identity, authority, gender, and community that have become central to the way we understand our nation’s past. It will appeal to anyone interested in Canadian social and military history or how ordinary soldiers experienced and survived the Western Front.

Y.A. Bennett is an associate professor of history at Carleton University.
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Title:Kiss the kids for dad, Don't forget to write: The Wartime Letters of George Timmins, 1916-18Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6.04 × 0.65 inPublished:January 1, 2010Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774816090

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Table of Contents

Foreword

Introduction

1 “about 35 yds from Fritz”: May–December 1916

2 “He was killed by my side”: January–June 1917

3 “I’m still fine”: July–November 1917

4 “It’s hell, kiddo, hell”: December 1917–April 1918

5 “Keep on hoping, sweetheart”: May–December 1918

Epilogue “Don’t forget to write to Grandpa”

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

Between 1916 and 1918, Lance-Corporal George Timmins, a British-born soldier who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, wrote faithfully to his wife and children. Sixty-three letters and four fragments survived. These letters tell the compelling story of a man who, while helping his fellow Canadians make history, used letters home to remain a presence in the lives of his wife and children, and who drew strength from his family to appreciate life’s simple pleasures. Timmins’s letters offer a rare glimpse into the experiences relationships, and quiet heroism, of ordinary soldiers on the Western Front.Written with passion and candour, these letters add substantially to our understanding of a soldier's experience of the war. They provide great insight into the views of a married infantryman, as Timmins writes openly about his feelings with respect to his family and the behind-the-lines activities of the common soldier. He also offers a rare glimpse – sometimes poignant, sometimes humorous – into soldier camaraderie and relationships with the French civilian population. - Margaret Conrad, author of History of the Canadian People, 5th ed. - 20090430