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In December of 1917, Adeline Marie Boudreau was twenty four. Rene Paul Gaudet was
twenty-one. Both were from Melbourne, Yarmouth Co., Nova Scotia. Rene enlisted with the
219th Battalion in June, 1916 and served with the 85th Battalion in France.
Throughout the war Rene wrote many letters to Addie always addressing her as “Dear
Friend” and often signed his letters as “a friend”.
January 1, 1918
It is with pleasure that I sat down to answer your letter
which I received and was as ever glad to hear from you and to
known that you were all well as your letter found us in the same
Well we were in the front line trenches xmas day so we did
not get a very good dinner but we got it today and you bet it was
a good one and I enjoyed it fine and we had all we wanted to eat.
To start with we had turkey and gravy and everything else good. I
only had one meal today and that did me. I guess you will think I
was a hog but I can tell you I ate my full. I got a box from the
Yarmouth Red Cross yesterday and I had a plum pudding, but I
haven’t eaten any of it yet but I will get at it pretty soon. I hope
you got your little xmas present that I sent you all right. I could
not send very much. I would of liked to send everybody one but I
could not. I only sent one to Maggie.
Well, we are having fine weather over here now. There is a
little snow on the ground now, but it isn’t cold. We had a fine trip
in. I was telling you about our platoon officer batman going to
Blighty on leave and I had his place. Well, he came back with us
on Wednesday and on Saturday he got killed. It was too bad
where he was just back and I guess I am going to be batman now
for a while anyway. It’s a good job. I don’t have very much to do,
only about two hours in the morning and than I am done for the
day. Well |I got a letter from Henry yesterday and he was talking
about enlisting in the Navy if they don’t draft him soon.
I can’t think of any more to write, will close, hope to hear
from you again soon.
I remain as ever, yours truly, Rene.
best love to all
Christmas Card for Addie
Christmas Card to Addie (December 1917)
Rene Paul Gaudet and Adeline (Addie) Marie Boudreau were married on November 18, 1919 at St Michael’s Church, Wedgeport,
Yarmouth Co., NS.